|1st||Lefty Grove||Mickey Cochrane||Jimmie Foxx||Eddie Collins||Home Run Baker||Bert Campaneris||Rickey Henderson||Dwayne Murphy||Reggie Jackson|
|2nd||Rube Waddell||Terry Steinbach||Mark McGwire||Max Bishop||Sal Bando||Eddie Joost||Al Simmons||Dave Henderson||Jose Canseco|
|3rd||Eddie Plank||Frankie Hayes||Jason Giambi||Mark Ellis||Eric Chavez||Jack Barry||Bob Johnson||Amos Strunk||Socks Seybold|
|4th||Tim Hudson||Wally Schang||Harry Davis||Danny Murphy||Carney Lansford||Miguel Tejada||Joe Rudi||Bill North||Josh Reddick|
|5th||Eddie Rommel||Kurt Suzuki||Stuffy McInnis||Dick Green||Josh Donaldson||Mike Bordick||Topsy Hartsel||Coco Crisp||Wally Moses|
|6th||Chief Bender||Ossee Schrecongost||Ferris Fain||Nap Lajoie||Lave Cross||Walt Weiss||Tillie Walker||Rick Monday||Mike Davis|
That's one great 1st Team. All but two are Hall of Famers. The 2nd Team, though, feels like a huge dropoff. Waddell and Simmons are all-timers, and Bando and McGwire are both borderliners, but the rest? Fine players, not immortals.
The position that really surprised me this time was third base. The A's have more depth there than I would've expected. With the season Josh Donaldson is currently having, he might've stood to rank even higher if he hadn't been traded.
I was frustrated trying to pick guys for the lower teams at several of these positions. There was just too much mediocrity. For a franchise that's won nine World Series, they sure aren't that deep. The great Athletic teams tended to burn brightly and be snuffed out quickly.
I plan to continue this series with the expansion franchises, but since they don't have as much history, I won't be doing a Deep Six. For the 1961-77 franchises I'll be doing a Deep Four, and for the 1993-98 franchises I'll be doing a Deep Three. We'll see those after this season is over.