Honorable names highlight Presidential team

Honorable names highlight Presidential team

Having the nation's First White Sox Fan sitting in the White House serves as a reminder of the historical union between baseball and the presidency.

Presidents deliver first pitches at World Series and All-Star Games. Presidents portray baseball greats on the silver screen -- as did Ronald Reagan as Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1952's "The Winning Team."

Presidents have cabinets, managers have coaching staffs. Presidents have veto powers, managers have stop signs.

Presidential campaigns begin with the primary, and baseball campaigns begin with Spring Training.

So perhaps it is fitting for the week in which baseball will shed its winter cobwebs to begin with Presidents Day, in observance of which we present the Presidential All-Stars.

INFIELD

• 1B: Reggie Jefferson, 1991-99.
• 2B: Jack Roosevelt Robinson, 1947-56; Hall of Fame.
• SS: Derrel McKinley (Bud) Harrelson, 1965-1980; All-Star.
• 3B: John Kennedy, 1962-74, including 1962-63 in Washington with the Senators.

OUTFIELD

• Joe Carter, 1983-98; All-Star.
• Claudell Washington, 1974-90; All-Star.
• Alex Johnson, 1964-76; All-Star.

CATCHERS

• Gary Carter, 1974-92; Hall of Fame.
• Russ Nixon, 1957-68.

DESIGNATED HITTER

• Reggie Jackson, 1967-87, Hall of Fame.

STARTING ROTATION

• Grover Cleveland Alexander, 1911-30; Hall of Fame.
• Theodore Roosevelt Lilly, Cubs.
• Dave Bush, Brewers.
• Ian Kennedy, D-backs.
• Whitey Ford, 1950-67, Hall of Fame.
• Walter, Randy and Josh Johnson.

BULLPEN

•Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma (Cal) McLish, 1944-64.
• Mike Lincoln, Reds.
• C.J. Wilson, Rangers.
• Grant Balfour, Rays.
• Taylor Buchholz, Rockies.
• Jim (Mudcat) Grant, 1958-71, All-Star.

CLOSER

• Lee Arthur Smith, 1980-97; All-Star.

BENCH

• Herb Washington, 1974-75.
• Wilson Betemit, 2001-09.
• Adam Kennedy, Nationals.
• Craig Monroe, 2001-09.
• Nick Johnson, Yankees.

MANAGER

• Clinton Merrick Hurdle

COACHES

• Davey Johnson
• Von Hayes
• Tony Taylor

P.S. Such a stellar outfit of ballplayers would deserve great media coverage, thus we would like to nominate as the beat reporter for the Presidential All-Stars MLB.com's Thomas Harding.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Change for a Nickel. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.