Some fantastic news came from the sports movie world this week, as production on the long-rumored reboot of the 1996 classic “Space Jam” has begun! It will star LeBron James alongside Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Tune Squad, and is sure to pack a lot of fun in every minute. But what if they made a “Space Jam” equivalent in baseball? Using current players, based on performances from this season, here’s the dream lineup.
The Starring Role
This is a no-brainer. What Michael Jordan was to basketball in his time, Mike Trout is to baseball today. A fan-favorite across the league, Trout starring in this feature would draw huge crowds to see if the 27-year old perennial All-Star could deliver on screen the way he delivers on the field. Plus, Trout has made it known that he is a fan of the original film, sporting a bottle labeled “Michael’s Secret Stuff” in the dugout on multiple occasions this season.
The Baseball Monstars
Mookie Betts, OF
Betts has had his coming-of-age season this year, leading the AL MVP race in the eyes of many, and leading off for the best team in baseball. He’s a guy who is hard to root against, but who cannot be left out of the Monstars (especially considering his MVP rivalry with our lead, Mike Trout).
Javier Báez, 2B
Who wouldn’t love to see Javy Beisból on the big screen? Báez is the king of theatrics on the field, so his transition to acting would be seamless. Plus, in the midst of a dark horse MVP race of his own, his talents in the infield are second-to-none in the MLB.
Manny Machado, 3B
Since his move to the Dodgers, Machado’s bat has slipped a little, but his defensive ability at third base is top-tier, and tends toward the dramatic. I can see it now, Machado gunning down Daffy Duck at first from the third base foul line. Brilliant theater.
Giancarlo Stanton, DH
The modern-day king of no-doubt home runs, Stanton fits the role as the big, imposing leader of the Monstar squad. Being in this movie may also earn him a little more good will with MLB fans, after his defection to the eternal evil empire in sports, the New York Yankees.
Matt Carpenter, 1B
Carpenter has been phenomenal this season, mashing for an NL-leading 36 home runs, including a couple of multi-homer games. Stock the Monstar clubhouse with salsa!
Francisco Lindor, SS
Be honest, the animators would have a field day with Lindor’s smile. Plus, that could be a competitive advantage. Maybe Lindor’s Monstar uses his pearly whites to cause a glare in the eyes of the Tune Squad batters, causing them to swing and miss.
Aaron Judge, OF
Why not add a little more power to the baseball Monstar wrecking crew? Even though he missed time this year, Judge, a former challenger to Mike Trout for AL MVP, can’t be left off this cast. Plus, we need a few more actual baseball villains here, right?
Bryce Harper, OF
No all-star baseball conglomerate would be complete without (arguably) the face of the sport. Plus, who in the audience wouldn’t swoon as Harper’s animated Monstar flips that gorgeous mane after a diving catch?
J.T. Realmuto, C
Yes, a Miami Marlin made the cut! Reuniting Realmuto and Stanton would be a key chemistry win for the Monstars, plus, he’s led all qualified catchers this year in AVG, OBP, SLG, OPS, and WAR.
Jacob DeGrom, SP
If DeGrom hasn’t been the best pitcher in baseball this year, he’s certainly in a small group at the top. The Monstars could use his best-in-the-majors 1.77 ERA as well.
That’s my squad. I’d love to hear who you think should be in the Monstar lineup, so comment with your thoughts!
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