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All-Chicago Team

By Benjy Lipsman in News on May 19, 2005 3:13PM

It's the eve of the first meeting between the Cubs and the White Sox in 2005. For the players, it's an off day. But their fans are beginning to get riled up across the city. Debates, and probably fist fights, have fans of both teams disagreeing on the merits of their team vs. the other team. While the Sox are clearly the better team, reason played little part in these debates.

And sometimes reason is no more prevalent among the professionals covering sports. Chicagoist called out Jimmy Greenfield's Top 10 players in Chicago list in Red Eye at the start of the season. We wondered if the Cubs being owned by the Tribune skewed the numbers representing each team.

Now that the season has started, the Trib's Phil Rogers posts his list for his All-Chicago Team. While the Cubs held more spots on Greenspan's Red Eye list, as one would expect with the Sox holding the best record in baseball Rogers had little choice but to stack his roster with Sox.

Starter: Jon Garland - Sox
Starter: Mark Buehrle - Sox
Starter: Mark Prior - Cubs
Starter: Orlando Hernanadez - Sox
Setup: Cliff Politte - Sox
Setup: Damaso Marte - Sox
Closer: Dustin Hermanson - Sox
First Base: Derek Lee - Cubs
Second Base: Tadahito Iguchi - Sox
Shortstop: Juan Uribe - Sox
Third Base: Aramis Ramirez - Cubs
Left Field: Scott Podsednik - Sox
Center Field: Corey Patterson - Cubs
Right Field: Jeromy Burnitz - Cubs
Utility Man: Pablo Ozuna - Sox
Bat of Bench: Jason DuBois - Cubs
Bat of Bench: Chris Widger - Sox
Manager: Ozzie Guillen - Sox

What Chicagoist finds most intersting from this All-City Team is that only 4 of the 10 on Greenfield's list make this one! Granted, some were left off because their crosstown counterpart was the better of the two and others have been hobbled by injury. But it still shows how hard it is to predict before the season starts.