Play Ball! A BGG Lineup Card
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A new baseball season is upon us, which raises the inevitable question: in an alternate universe where board games play baseball, what might such a team look like?

(Note: I haven't used sports-related games as that seemed too easy.)
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1. Board Game: Light Speed [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2327]
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Left Field, batting first.
Obviously you need speed at the top of your lineup - might as well be the fastest speed known to man!
 
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2. Board Game: Winner's Circle [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:678]
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Centre Field, batting second.
Royal Turf, or `King of the Outfield', ensures that anything hit anywhere near centre, with any kind of hang time, winds up secure in its glove.
 
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3. Board Game: Balance [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:13586]
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Third Base, batting third.
There are many qualities you look for in the third spot - a good contact hitter, some power, some speed - in short, you want balance.
 
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4. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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Right Field, batting cleanup.
Clearly you want power in this spot! Plus, this game also has a cannon of an arm when patrolling the `grid' of the outfield.
 
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5. Board Game: Superpower [Average Rating:4.33 Overall Rank:15092]
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First base, batting fifth.
If you've got a one-dimensional slugger they may as well bat fifth.
 
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6. Board Game: EuroHit [Average Rating:3.54 Unranked]
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Designated hitter, batting sixth.
A disciplined batsman, formerly played in the Czech League.
 
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7. Board Game: Catch Phrase! [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2039]
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Catcher, batting seventh.
A solid catcher who also excels at getting under opposing batters' skins by way of his constant chatter.
 
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8. Board Game: Sucking Vacuum [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:12571]
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Shortstop, batting eighth.
Scouts warn their teams not to hit any ground balls to the left side of the infield - this guy scoops everything up.
 
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9. Board Game: Fast Figure [Average Rating:5.12 Overall Rank:12964]
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Second base, batting ninth.
A smart defensive player with a bit of quickness - helps to have a bit of speed in the 9-spot.
 
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10. Board Game: The Journeys of Paul [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:10279]
Gordon Zakeri
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Extra outfielder.
Every team needs a `journeyman' player who can share some of the tips they've learned over their career.
 
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11. Board Game: Qwitch [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:10170]
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Utility infielder and pinch hitter.
Managers like having a spare switch-hitter that can come in off the bench.
 
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12. Board Game: Ace of Aces: Powerhouse Series [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:2216]
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Starting pitcher.
The `ace' of the staff, this guy is an expert pitcher who also throws really hard into the late innings.
 
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13. Board Game: Striker [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:6730]
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Closer.
Late in the game, you want someone who can come in, throw strikes, and get those last crucial outs.
 
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14. Board Game: Supremacy: The Middle Powers [Average Rating:6.38 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.38 Unranked]
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How about the unsung heros - Middle Relievers.
These guys live on the edge and get very little fanfare.
Even when they do a good job, the Starter & Closer get most of the glory.
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