Chicago Cubs: Building my personal all-time best starting lineup

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, left, stands with Hall of Famer Billy Williams as Banks is recognized before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds for receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 13, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, left, stands with Hall of Famer Billy Williams as Banks is recognized before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds for receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 13, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) /
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Joe Maddon and Dexter Fowler, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Joe Maddon and Dexter Fowler, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Chicago Cubs: You go, ultimate lineup goes.

Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for- lineup construction for the Ultimate Cubs squad. Who bats where, behind and in front of whom, and why. Here’s my bet for a team to send out on the diamond and win one game.

  1. CF-Dexter Fowler
  2. 2B- Ryne Sandberg
  3. LF- Billy Williams
  4. RF- Sammy Sosa
  5. SS- Ernie Banks
  6. 1B- Anthony Rizzo
  7. 3B- Ron Santo
  8. C- Willson Contreras
  9. SP- Jake Arrieta
  • RP- Greg Maddux
  • Bench- Tommy LaStella

Fowler was the linchpin with this lineup, serving as the leadoff guy in a lineup comprised of great hitters and sluggers. Ryno hits two as a right-handed hitter and guy who knew how to use the bat. I kept the modern balance to the lineup as best I could offsetting righties and lefties and somehow dropped Mr. Cub behind Slammin’ Sammy because I figured he’d offer production and drive in everyone in front of him from that 5 slot.

The 6-7-8 combo of Rizzo, Santo and Contreras would be the best to have ever been put in those slots by a manger in the history of the game, so I feel pretty good about that. Then, of course, Arrieta looms in the nine spot as a guy who can do damage with his bat as well as his right arm.

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I’ve seen various iterations of the Ultimate Cubs lineup from Marquee personalities, but I’d put my squad up against any of them and I reckon we’d stick it to any of the other groups, especially the Dempster version. Any way you slice it though, this was one of those fun opinion-based fantasies that you can only really play out in video games- pretty much the only way we see any baseball right now unfortunately.