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Just for kicks: An All-Notre Dame MLB alumni team would probably beat an All-Alabama squad

Notre Dame or Alabama?

Writers and analysts are weighing in with their picks. Craig Kimbrel and Brandon Beachy are making "I'm a Barbie Girl" wagers. We’re only missing a prediction from Paul the Octopus (RIP).

Most experts have the Crimson Tide favored in the actual game, but we wanted to see how a team of MLB Notre Dame alums would fare against an All-Alabama squad.

While neither roster is exceptional, the Fightin' Irish look like they would have the advantage. Hall of Famers Cap Anson and Carl Yastrzemski both matriculated in South Bend, and closing out the contest wouldn't be too difficult with relievers like John Axford and Brad Lidge. Alabama's best hitters are probably Dave Magadan and Joe Sewell, while their best pitcher is Frank Larry with 128 career victories. 

Notre Dame also boasted more current Major Leaguers as of last season: Twins reliever Jeff Manship, D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock, Nationals reliever Brad Lidge, Yankees reliever David Phelps, Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija, Astros starter Kyle Weiland and Brewers reliever Axford all donned the navy blue and gold before reaching the Majors. Present-day Alabama alumni include Tigers catcher Alex Avila, Giants infielder Matt Downs, Orioles starter Tommy Hunter, Marlins starter Wade LeBlanc, Yankees reliever David Robertson and Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge.

Additionally, the Irish have three baseball-football stars in their long history of athletics (important for this type of comparison). Samardzija starred at wide receiver from 2003-’06 and turned down a promising NFL career to sign with the Cubs. Cy Williams played beside legendary football star Knute Rockne before patrolling the outfield for the Cubs in the early 1900s and Al Bergman held 11 varsity letters at South Bend (including one for football) before playing one season for the Indians in 1916. The Tide's most prominent two-sport star is probably Andy Cohen, a second baseman for the New York Giants in the '20s.

How about the two school's actual baseball teams? Well, Alabama actually has more College World Series appearances than Notre Dame and has the most wins in SEC history -- so they probably win that one.

But alas, it looks like Notre Dame has the complete baseball surpremacy. And I wish I could say Alabama had a history of being an underdog, but you have to believe that a certain Notre Dame figure falls into that category:

-- Matt Monagan /