Build Your MLB Dream Team and We'll Tell You if You'll Make It to the World Series!

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
2 min
Build Your MLB Dream Team and We'll Tell You if You'll Make It to the World Series!
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About This Quiz

Other sports may rise and fall in their popularity, depending on the costs involved in participating, the odds of permanently damaging your brain, and simply what's fashionable and available in your area. Football is on the way out now, with many parents concerned that even the amateur game is a quick ticket to more concussions than are entirely healthy (that is, more than zero). Soccer is on the rise, but it struggles to get the TV ratings necessary for the American game to truly capture the nation's heart. Basketball is too physically compact for large crowds to attend, limiting its potential, and hockey is rather expensive unless you live somewhere that's sufficiently icy for a significant portion of the year. Track and field requires a particular sort of body, while swimming needs a pool.

That's why baseball is the national pastime. It's more than 150 years old at this point, and the amateur, collegiate, and professional games are flourishing. No matter whether you're three or 103, you can participate, using a designated hitter or runner to stand in for you if necessary, or be relegating yourself to the outfield and hoping the ball doesn't come your way. That democratic appeal is why many of us are drawn to the game, and why we often have a dream team, made up of players throughout history, hailing from rival teams. Tell us about yours, and we'll assess whether they'd make it in today's game!

Who's your shortstop?
Derek Jeter.
Nomar Garciaparra.
Troy Tulowitzki.
Cal Ripken Jr.

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Who's your #1 starting pitcher?
Cy Young.
Walter Johnson.
Nolan Ryan.
Bob Gibson.

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Who's your closer?
Mariano Rivera.
Trevor Hoffman.
Dennis Eckersley.
John Wetteland.

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Who's your designated hitter?
Babe Ruth.
Ted Williams.
Alex Rodriguez.
Albert Pujols.

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Who's your first baseman?
Lou Gehrig.
Jimmie Foxx.
Hank Greenberg.
Frank Thomas.

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Who's your #2 starting pitcher?
Bob Feller.
Sandy Koufax.
Warren Spahn.
Randy Johnson.

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Who's your catcher?
Johnny Bench.
Yogi Berra.
Roy Campanella.
Mickey Cochrane.

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Who's your manager?
Joe Torre.
Miller Huggins.
Connie Mack.
Sparky Anderson.

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Who's your third baseman?
Mike Schmidt.
George Brett.
Chipper Jones.
Brooks Robinson.

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Who is your utility infielder?
Ozzie Smith.
Honus Wagner.
Barry Larkin.
Arky Vaughan.

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Who is your #3 starting pitcher?
Tom Seaver.
Roger Clemens.
Greg Maddux.
Bert Blyleven.

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Who is your backup catcher?
Jorge Posada.
Mike Piazza.
Gary Carter.
Ivan Rodriguez.

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Who is your extra outfielder?
Barry Bonds.
Brett Gardner.
Angel Pagan.
Melky Cabrera.

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Who would you be willing to blow your budget on?
Starting pitchers.
High WAR rating position players.
Big bats.
Marquee names.

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What position player do you name team captain?
Shortstop.
Catcher.
First baseman.
The extra outfielder.

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Who prowls center field for you?
Joe DiMaggio.
Mike Trout.
Mookie Betts.
Bryce Harper.

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Who is your second baseman?
Rogers Hornsby.
Charlie Gehringer.
Jackie Robinson.
Robinson Cano.

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Who is in right field for you?
Mickey Mantle.
Aaron Judge.
Trot Nixon.
Yoenis Céspedes.

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Who is your #4 starting pitcher?
Gaylord Perry.
Steve Carlton.
Don Sutton.
Pedro Martinez.

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Who is your setup man?
Rollie Fingers.
Goose Gossage.
Bruce Sutter.
Billy Wagner.

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Who is your #5 starting pitcher?
Mike Mussina.
Fergie Jenkins.
Curt Schilling.
John Smoltz.

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Who is in the bullpen to do long relief duty?
Dan Quisenberry.
Hoyt Wilhelm.
Jeff Reardon.
Craig Kimbrel.

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Who is your #1 middle reliever?
Dave Righetti.
Joe Nathan.
Tug McGraw.
Aroldis Chapman.

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Who is your backup first baseman?
Tino Martinez.
David Ortiz.
Mark Teixeira.
Harmon Killebrew.

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Who is your #2 middle relief pitcher?
Sparky Lyle.
Éric Gagné.
Brian Wilson.
Kenley Jansen.

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Who covers left field?
Dave Winfield.
Ty Cobb.
Pete Rose.
Yasiel Puig.

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Who do you want as your bench coach?
Don Mattingly.
Brad Mills.
Larry Bowa.
Tim Flannery.

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Who is your pitching coach?
Dave Duncan.
George Bamberger.
Leo Mazzone.
Jim Turner.

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Who is your hitting coach?
Kevin Long.
Milt Thompson.
Mickey Hatcher.
Rudy Jaramillo.

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When one of your players inevitably winds up on the DL, what position do you try to strengthen?
The bullpen, unless I lost a starter. Then I'm looking for a new starter.
The infield. Lock that ball down before it goes anywhere.
Strong arms in the outfield. No extra bases for you!
Big bats. Wham! Game over.

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