It’s the holiday season, so it’s our obligation to put together a full starting lineup of holiday-themed names. We’ve covered every position (although some players may not be playing in their go-to slot) and delved deep into baseball’s past for a few you may not have heard of. Check out the squad, sing some Carrolls, let it Snow and everyone, please, have a very happy Holliday.
C – Steve Christmas: We could’ve subbed some longer-tenured big leaguers in this spot, but when your name is Christmas, you kind of need to be on the All-Holiday Team. Christmas appeared in 24 Major League games from 1983-86, batting .364 in ’84.
1B – J.T. Snow: The holiday season means snow for many of us, and we’re lucky enough to have a pretty good first baseman by that name. Jack Thomas Snow played 16 seasons in the Majors, tallying more than 1,500 hits and six Gold Gloves in that span. But ’tis the season of good deeds, and Snow is probably most famous for saving a certain manager’s son from near-disaster at home plate during the ’02 World Series.
2B – Cupid Childs: Childs was quicker than a reindeer. The speedster played 13 seasons in the dead-ball era, mostly with the Cleveland Spiders, and finished his career with more than 100 triples and 1,000 runs. He also hit a nifty .306.
3B – Pedro Feliz: What’s one of the greatest Christmas songs of all time? Yes, that’s right: Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano — a man who himself has a deep baseball connection. Pedro Feliz wasn’t the greatest third baseman of all time, but he had some decent offensive seasons in the mid-2000s for the Giants and was a top defender in the league for a few years. He also helped the Phillies get their first World Series win in ’08.
SS – Dasher Troy: Troy wasn’t much of a hitter and only played five years in the bigs, but he did once hit a walk-off home run after drinking an entire beer. Plus, can you imagine a DP combo of two guys named Cupid and Dasher?
LF – Jamey Carroll: Carroll was a useful utility guy and one of the last former Montreal Expos left in the Majors at the end of his career. He scored the final run in Montreal history. Carroll was primarily a second baseman but appeared at seven different positions, including 12 games in left field.
CF – Ángel Pagán: Angel? Pagan? Both certainly could qualify as Christmas terms. Pagán was an important part of the Giants’ World Series championships in 2012 and 2014, even getting MVP votes in ’12. He was also quick on the basepaths and in the outfield — nearly (if he had kept running) turning an unassisted triple play for the Mets in 2010.
RF – Matt Holliday: The superstar of this team. Holliday was a seven-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger — known for hitting homers into a land only Mark McGwire could reach. He was also involved in one of the most mysterious plays in baseball history … while All-Holiday team member Jamey Carroll was at the plate.
DH – Jesús Aguilar: Aguilar had a breakout season with the Brewers in 2018, smacking 35 homers while driving in 108 runs. He became an All-Star for the first time that season, probably, mostly because of his very Christmas-themed “We believe in Jesus” campaign. The natural first baseman is now a leader on a young Marlins team, still hitting dingers by the bunches.
SP – Dick Rudolph: Yes, it makes sense that a man named Rudolph will be guiding this team tonight. The Fordham alum was a solid starter in the early 1900s, winning 26 games in 1914 and 22 the next season. The right-hander finished off his 13-year career with 121 victories and a respectable 2.66 ERA.