MLB's All-'Green' team is ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day
Presenting MLB's All-'Green' team on St. Paddy's Day
Tuesday is St. Patrick's Day, which means there's a good chance you or someone you know is wearing green. Some MLB teams, too, will be donning shades of emerald, forest or hunter. But what about the players who wore green every day ... on the back of their jerseys?
And so, on March 17, 2015, we present MLB's all-"Green" team. They'll play at Fenway Park, of course, under the watchful eye of the Green Monster.
First base: Hank Greenberg
Hammerin' Hank is a two-time MVP and Hall Of Famer. In 1940, he led the American League in doubles, home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage, OPS and total bases. He sets the standard for all players with "g-r-e-e-n" in their name.
Second base: Dick Green
In 1969, one of his 12 MLB seasons, Dick Green received a vote on the AL MVP ballot. And he wasn't afraid to take on Johnny Bench at the plate.
Third base: Grant Green
Green is on the Angels 40-man roster as an outfielder, but he's also played at first, second and third over the course of his two MLB seasons. He's making great infield plays like this in Spring Training:
He may be the youngest player in our lineup, but he's no greenhorn.
Shortstop: Khalil Greene
Greene played 7 seasons in MLB, six of which came with the Padres. He placed second in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2004 and appears to be a great giver of hugs.
Left field: Mike Greenwell
Greenwell was a two-time All-Star in his 12 seasons with the Red Sox and placed second in AL MVP voting in 1988. He was elected to the Red Sox HOF in 2008. But most importantly, Greenwell reportedly captured an alligator during Spring Training one season.
Center field: Lenny Green
Green played with four clubs over the course of 12 years, including a six-year stint in the middle with the Senators-turned-Twins.
Right field: Shawn Green
A two-time All-Star, Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Award winner with more than 2,000 career hits, Shawn Green -- who led the NL in doubles and total bases in 1999 -- surely deserves a spot on the Green team. He was pretty good on Backyard Baseball, too.
Catcher: Todd Greene
Todd Greene played 11 seasons in MLB in the late '90s and early '00s. He is one of very few catchers with "Green" in their name. Welcome, Todd!
Pitcher: Tyler Green
Green was one of four Phillies to be elected to the 1995 All-Star game, pitching one inning and notching a strikeout.
Manager: Dallas Green
Green spent eight years as a player in MLB, and an additional eight as manager of the Phillies, Yankees and Mets. In his second season as manager, he led the Phillies to 91 wins and a World Series championship.