Tommy Edman: Gil Gunderson
Tommy Edman’s ability to play the infield and the outfield makes him a versatile threat. Gil Gunderson, or simply “Ol’ Gil,” is a character who has flipped from job to job, including working as a realtor, a security guard, a grocery bagger and a salesman. Much like Gil, Edman served as a sort of jack-of-all-trades in his first two seasons, playing six different positions over the two years.
However, Edman found a regular home playing second base in 2021. This mirrors Gil in the later seasons of the show, when he took up a somewhat steady profession as an attorney. But like the much-maligned season 18 episode “Kill Gil, Volumes I & II,” where Gil stays with the Simpson family and wears out his welcome, Edman showed himself to have a few hiccups when playing regularly and might be best suited for that utility role in the future.
Paul Goldschmidt: Carl Carlson
Paul Goldschmidt is often described as a quieter guy who lets his performance do the talking. Carl Carlson, a worker at the Springfield nuclear power plant and a friend of Homer Simpson’s, is a fairly reserved individual who nevertheless has had his moments in the sun.
One of Carl’s biggest roles was in the season 21 episode “The Devil Wears Nada,” where he takes over as Homer’s supervisor and shows himself quite apt at the position, although he overworks Homer. Despite Goldschmidt’s reticent demeanor, he has a reputation as a clubhouse leader, both with the Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also received a degree in management from the University of Phoenix.
Finally, Carl has once shown aptitude for excelling at basketball. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that Goldschmidt compares to Carl in this way in his all-around baseball skills.