If the Indians Went to the Olympics

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Jul 26, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians designated hitter Ryan Raburn (9) hits a game-winning three-run home run in the eleventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

David Murphy and Ryan Raburn – Half-Pipe Snowboarding

For the first ever team half-pipe, which isn’t a real event, I’m going to put Murphy and Raburn together. I understand that based on physics, this isn’t possible, but hear me out…David Murphy would do his high-flying routine on the right side and Raburn would do his on the left. Why? Because as a platoon, Murphy would only hit the right side and Raburn would only hit the left – just like in baseball! Certainly, if they went to the other side, they may have occasional success, but they are more likely to break something or fall on the way down. They are no “Flying Tomato”, but Murphy and Raburn, together, could create magic together by feeding off of each other’s strengths.

Danny Salazar – Speed Skating

Give me a triple-digit fastball or put him in a tight outfit on a small blade traveling at the same rate of speed, because Danny Salazar is capable of anything. Not only is he likely to become a superstar due to his sexy repertoire on the mound, but his grace and ability to change speeds (see: amazing split-change) allow him to be comfortable in whatever role he is needed within. There are always injury risks involved in pitching and the wrong turn on the ice could also be devastating for his career, but the ceiling for both is a legitimate No. 1.