Monday, May 26, 2008

All Time Canes Baseball Team

Ryan Braun

When I moved to South Florida in 1986 from suburban Chicago, I had no profesional baseball team to adopt. At the time, the Dolphins were the only pro sports team in town. This was before the Heat, Marlins or Panthers existed. So I continued to root for the Cubs, even though I no longer considered myself a Chicagoan. But it didn't take me long to find a local baseball team to embrace. That team was the University of Miami Hurricanes, coached by the great Ron Fraser.

Back then I had never seen a college baseball game before. The "ping" of the aluminum bat still sounds funny to me. But I've always loved baseball and decided to check out a game at Mark Light Stadium and quickly fell in love with the Canes program. It was baseball the way I liked it--good pitching, lots of aggresiveness on the basepaths and good fundamentals. Mike Fiore was the Canes best player at the time. And from that time, I've been a diehard Canes baseball fan.

So I've decided to make a list of who I believe are the best UM baseball players to play their respective positions. The list wasn't easy. There have been a lot of great players who've contributed to a program that's won 4 College World Series titles. Most of the players listed are guys I've seen play in person. But there are a couple who were stars at UM before I followed the program. So here we go, here' my all time Canes baseball team.

All Time Miami Hurricanes Baseball Team

1B Yonder Alonso
2B Jemile Weeks
SS Alex Cora
3B Pat Burrell
LF Mike Fiore
CF Doug Shields
RF Jason Michaels
DH Phil Lane
UTL Ryan Braun
C Charles Johnson
SP Neal Heaton
SP Alex Fernandez
SP J.D. Arteaga
SP Cesar Carrillo
RP Rick Raether
RP Danny Graves

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