Option B – 0x All-Star, 0x MVP, 12 Playoff Appearances, 5 Championship Titles
Player Comparison: Mike Timlin
This one is for people who have “There’s no I in team” tattooed on their bicep. Every team needs role players to fill in around their superstars. This player isn’t at the top of their field, but they get to lift the trophy and sip the champagne along with their teammates.
When Mike Timlin signed with Boston prior to the 2003 season, he was already a grizzled vet. He’d already earned two rings at the start of his career a member of the early 90’s Blue Jays squads that went back-to-back in 92-93.
It turned out he had quite a bit left in the tank and went on to pitch 6 seasons in Boston and was a part of both the ’04 and ’07 championship teams. Timlin never got voted to an All-Star game and certainly wasn’t a Cy Young candidate, but he does have 4 World Series rings to flash around whenever he likes.
(And if anyone is fact-checking my own made-up rules to this game, Timlin did spend more years with the Blue Jays, but pitched more innings for the Red Sox…so ha! Loophole city. Egg on your face.)