The confluence of baseball and the Masters every April produces one of the best times in sports each year. In honor of the occasion, Page 2 selects an all-time Masters baseball team. Each member gets a (Dallas) Green jacket:
Johnnie LeMaster (infielder, 1975-87): Well-suited for this course. Not a long hitter, but good on the short grass.
Billy Sunday (outfielder, 1883-90): The tournament wouldn't really start until he shows up. Plus, as any golfer knows, prayer is a necessity, and the Rev. Sunday was one of the most influential evangelists of the early 1900s.
J.J. Putz (pitcher, 2003-11): At Augusta, it's always putting that counts, and the Diamondbacks relief ace has always been able to close a match when it counts, with 108 lifetime saves.
Jim Quick (umpire, 1974-98): The greens are lightning quick for the Masters, and Quick's trigger could be fast, too. The former All-Star ump had a few well-known run-ins with players, including with Phils pitcher John Denny in 1977.
Wally Bunker (pitcher, 1963-71): Remember, he's not Wally Trap. There are no "traps" at Augusta. Former Orioles rookie phenom had the sand to win 19 games as a rookie with the Orioles in 1964 and then throw a shutout for Baltimore in the 1966 World Series.
Chip Hale (infielder, 1989-97): He'd be good around the greens and play solid on a course where mistakes are deadly. In seven big-league seasons, the all-purpose defender only made eight errors.