I hadn't thought of that song for years until I saw the latest in the series of "Blog Bat Around" posts in which you name the first player that you think of for a given team. This turned out to be a much harder exercise than I first, well ... thought ... as some of these teams were quite difficult to come up with someone.
Anyway, now that my thinkin' problem is over, here's what I came up with. There will be a brief comment after each card. For a bit more fun, I threw in some defunct teams at the bottom of the list. Side note, because I'm not writing this at home, I'm going to be reliant on COMC for images.
Red Sox - Nomar Garciaparra
Weird that Nomar was the first guy I thought of for the Red Sox. The obvious choice would've been Ted Williams.
Yankees - Babe Ruth
Kind of a gimme here.
Orioles - Cal Ripken
Rays - Fred McGriff
Remember when the Rays signed big hitters like McGriff, Jose Canseco, Vinny Castilla, and Greg Vaughn to try to win right out of the gate?
Blue Jays - Joe Carter
The hero of many a Toronto fan.
Indians - Bob Feller
Surprised I didn't come up with Jim Thome or Albert Belle.
White Sox - Frank Thomas
I honestly couldn't name one current White Sox player if I tried. Ok, well, maybe Jose Abreu, but that's it.
Twins - Kirby Puckett
The first Twins player I remember. Harmon Killebrew would've also been an acceptable answer.
Tigers - Alan Trammell
This was actually a tough one. It took me a second or two longer to come up with a Tigers player.
Royals - Salvador Perez
Another hard one believe it or not. I wrote down Salvador Perez, then my mind said "duh, George Brett!" Too late.
Angels - Mike Trout
I might have to find a copy of this card since it's from the 2015 All-Star Game in Cincinnati.
Astros - Jose Altuve
Seems like everyone is thinking Jose Altuve from other posts I've read.
A's - Rollie Fingers
I surprised myself with this one. Rickey Henderson, Dennis Eckersley, Reggie Jackson all escaped me but Rollie Fingers didn't.
Mariners - Omar Vizquel
Again, I'm surprised it wasn't Ken Griffey Jr that I thought of first. Still, Omar was a great shortstop for many teams.
Rangers - Jeff Burroughs
That came from left field ... no pun intended.
Braves - Greg Maddux
When you think of the Braves, why wouldn't you think of a pitcher first?
Mets - Tom Seaver
This was another tough one. Tom Seaver was the first one that popped in my head.
Nationals - Bryce Harper
Still a free agent currently.
Marlins - Charlie Hough
The ageless and well traveled Charlie Hough was my pick for the Marlins. He's honestly the only person that I can actually remember from the first team in 1993.
Phillies - Mike Schmidt
Our first gimme in the NL.
Reds - Barry Larkin
I grew up with Barry Larkin manning short for the Reds. This makes sense.
Brewers - Robin Yount
Pirates - Wille Stargell
Of course I had to use a card that said "Star" on the top as Willie Stargell was famous for his "Stargell Stars".
Cardinals - Vince Coleman
Not the 80s Cardinal speedster you were expecting? Me either.
Cubs - Kris Bryant
A fun player to watch on a not so fun card design.
Dodgers - Clayton Kershaw
When there's a Dodgers game on MLB Network, it's usually Kershaw that I see pitching.
Giants - Barry Bonds
Surprised I didn't come up with someone like ... oh, I don't know ... Willie Mays?
Diamondbacks - Randy Johnson
Again, another one I had trouble with. I had to rack my brain to think of a Diamondbacks player.
Rockies - Todd Helton
I believe Helton is/was the longest tenured player in Rockies history. I could be wrong on that though.
Padres - Trevor Hoffman
Another shocker. As soon as I jotted down Hoffman's name, my mind started rattling off Padres players like Tony Gwynn, Phil Nevin, Randy Jones, etc.
Now for the bonus round ... the defunct teams category
Expos - Andre Dawson
I guess you could say that he was one of the first Expos stars. Well, him and Gary Carter. By the way, if you haven't read the great book "Up, Up, and Away" which details the history of the Expos, you should. It's a fantastic read.
Pilots - Lou Piniella
A guy who never played a single game for a team that lasted one season. Piniella won the 1969 Rookie of the Year award though as a member of the Royals.
Browns - George Sisler
The Browns didn't have many notable players in their history. The only other ones that come to mind are Rogers Hornsby and Pete Gray.
Senators (original) - Walter Johnson
How could you not think of Walter Johnson when thinking of the original Senators.
Senators (expansion) - Frank Howard
Really the only player I could come up with for the expansion Senators.
I have to say, that was a fun but challenging exercise. I could see myself maybe taking this in a number of different directions (hockey and even "short term stops"). The possibilities are honestly endless.