Phillies alumni pick one player to start a team

Everyone wants to be a general manager, draft players, make trades and sign glitzy free agents. We asked Phillies Alumni, "What position player, past or present, would you select if you were a general manager?" There were a wide range of responses, including three selections for Mike Schmidt.

Larry Andersen
Dustin Pedroia

Jack Baldschun
I'd take the best catcher available to handle the staff: Pudge Rodriguez.

Larry Bowa
Pete Rose

John Briggs
Robin Yount

Marty Bystrom
Willie Mays

Don Carman
Derek Jeter -- for his offense, defense and leadership.

Doug Clemens
I'd start with a catcher -- Johnny Bench -- and pick Willie Mays second.

John Denny
Rose (past) and Pedroia (present)

Terry Francona

Gene Garber

Bill Giles

Dallas Green
Miguel Cabrera

Ricky Jordan
Mike Schmidt

Terry Harmon

Jim Kaat

Mike Lieberthal
Mike Trout or Troy Tulowitzki -- tough choice

Pete Mackanin
Mickey Mantle

Tim McCarver

Don Money

Mickey Morandini

Jamie Moyer
Kirby Puckett

Dan Plesac

Ron Reed
Hank Aaron, my former teammate of six years, was the best.

Dick Ruthven
Albert Pujols

Ryne Sandberg
Mays, because he's a five-tool player and plays great defense in center field.

Mike Schmidt
Rose; he's Shane Victorino with 200 hits and 100 runs and .300 average every year.

Bobby Shantz

Kevin Stocker
Played against, probably Barry Bonds. When he was younger, he just killed us.

Tony Taylor
Richie Allen

Kent Tekulve
Cal Ripken Jr. You knew he would be in the lineup every day, play his very important position on the field at the highest level, hit in the middle of the lineup, produce runs and make everyone around him better.

Jim Thome
Babe Ruth

Milt Thompson

Del Unser

Eric Valent
Jeter -- a pro on and off the field.

Bobby Wine
Being a Yankee fan as a kid, Mantle and Joe DiMaggio.

Larry Shenk is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.