So the other day I came across the Lord of the Rings post that I wrote comparing characters to baseball players and speculating on what positions the Fellowship would play. I was thinking about a new blog post idea whenever the Avengers popped into my head. Could Earth’s mightiest heroes make an awesome baseball team? Possibly.
Today’s lineup against Hydra who has bewitched the audience to do the wave.
The Avengers Lineup
- SS Quicksilver
- 2B Black Widow
- 3B Hawkeye
- CF Iron Man
- 1B Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk
- LF Captain America
- RF Falcon
- P Scarlet Witch
- C Thor
Manager: Nick Fury
Assistant Coach: Maria Hill
Officials: 1B umpire Loki
Home plate umpire Thanos
Now for the reasoning behind these decisions. First of all, I don’t think there is any arguing that Quicksilver is perhaps the fastest member of the team even if he was only part of it for a short time. But he could just bunt to get aboard and round the bases to score almost every time. He could expand that skill set to shortstop with any ball hit towards him or up the middle being considered an out.
Next is Black Widow at second base and Hawkeye at third base. They both have quick hands at their respective positions and work well together to turn many double plays just like they work together in the Battle Of New York. They remember every place the team has played even if the others forget.
In the fourth spot is Iron Man who is playing centerfield. Of course, Tony Stark would want to basically be in charge of the whole field and run things. Iron Man also has the unique advantage of using his suit to be able to fly to catch balls even if Steve Rogers protests his cheating. He also tries to enlist the help of JARVIS when batting to find the perfect pitches to swing at.
Then we have Bruce Banner at first base. He would be decent as his position and be great at trash talking the runners but the first instant he misses a play or someone talks back to him, he would turn into The Incredible Hulk. That wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing because the Hulk is so big that he wouldn’t be able to really miss any balls hit or thrown at him. Plus he wouldn’t have to say anything to intimidate any runners and discourage them from stealing bases. He doesn’t take crap from anyone including his own teammates.
Fighting for truth, justice, and the American game in the sixth spot is Captain America followed by Falcon. The two friends are mirror images of each other using their speed and agility to catch fly balls in the outfield. But of course, Falcon is in right field because Steve Rogers is always on his left.
On the mound is Scarlet Witch. Have you seen her magic and how forceful it was in Age of Ultron? Could you imagine that same kind of power heading towards home plate? I feel sorry for whoever is standing in the batter’s box.
To round out the lineup is Thor who is catching and let’s be honest, his loud mouth will be a great distraction to batters. He could use magical quips like you swing thine Mjolnir like thy mother or in all the realms, I haven’t seen a puny human such as you wield such offensive power.
The team is managed by Nick Fury and the assistant coach is Maria Hill. They are both good at managing so many personalities to work together towards a common goal like winning a game.
Umpires for today’s game include home plate umpire Thanos who is the biggest and baddest person is all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, at least that we know of, and Loki at first base. He can also multiply himself to be the second and third base umpires if needed as well. While Loki could cause chaos on the field, I’m pretty sure the Incredible Hulk would keep him in check.
So there you have it, the ultimate Avengers baseball lineup. They might have already played some games in the comics but maybe one day, it will make it to the big screen. After all, what could be better than Earth’s mightiest heroes taking on America’s pastime?