Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My All Star Ballot

First of all, I want to take a moment to remind everyone that voting for the All Star game is not yet over. So, you still have time to stuff that ballot box for Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Go here.
Anyway, I thought I would take this moment to share who got my votes for the starting lineup for this coming 2011 All Star game in Arizona. And I promise it's not biased.

For the American League:
  • 1st base: Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox- What an amazing season he's having so far. Makes you wonder what he could have done wearing Dodger Blue.
  • 2nd base: Howie Kendrick, Angels- I was initially thinking about writing in Michael Young, but he has only played the position a couple of times this season, and is really just a DH today.
  • 3rd base: Alex Rodriguez, Yankees- I really tried hard not to pick a Yankee.
  • SS: Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians- I was torn between him and Jhonny Peralta.
  • C: Alex Avila, Tigers- What a great season he's having.
  • DH: Michael Young, Rangers- OK, now I get to pick Michael.
  • OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays- Is there really any other choice?
  • OF: Alex Gordon, Royals- Has he finally broken out? I say yes, so he gets my vote.
  • OF: Adam Jones, Orioles- He's having a great season so far. 13 Home runs, 45 RBI's and a batting average approaching .300.
  • SP: Jered Weaver, Angels- It was close between Jered and Justin Verlander.
For the National League:
  • 1st base: Prince Fielder, Brewers- 21 Home runs. Do I have to say any more?
  • 2nd base: Rickie Weeks, Brewers- With a one-two punch of Fielder and Phillips you know why the BrewCrew sit atop the Central Division.
  • 3rd base: Placido Polanco, Phillies- I wish I could give you a good reason, but I couldn't think of a better choice.
  • SS: Jose Reyes, Mets- Batting .344 and an OPS of nearly .900. Wow!
  • C: Brian McCann, Braves- 13 homers, 43 RBI's, batting .300 and a OPS of .891. No one is even close.
  • OF: Matt Kemp, Dodgers- Even the unbiased would pick "The Bison" for the All-Star game.
  • OF: Andre Ethier, Dodgers- No this is not a biased pick. His numbers warrant his selection this season.
  • OF: Ryan Braun, Brewers- Man-O-Live, the Brewers are stacked!
  • SP: Roy Halladay, Phillies- His 5 complete games really impresses me. Since I can't actually vote for a pitcher I don't feel bad for not picking Clayton Kershaw here. I hope, nevertheless, that he ends up on the squad.

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