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My Current All-Star Ballot

Posted on: June 13, 2009 2:56 pm
 
AL Starters:
C - Joe Mauer Min
How could it be anyone else?
1B - Justin Morneau Min
Best numbers among AL first basemen, eat is Teixeira.  This is despite rare appearances on ESPN. 
2B - Robinson Cano NYY
Best numbers among AL second basemen, better than Kinsler, better than Pedroia. 
3B - Evan Longoria TB
'Nough said. 
SS - Jason Bartlett TB
Better numbers than Jeter despite less at-bats.
OF - Jason Bay Bos
He is far and away the best outfielder in the AL this year. 
OF - Carl Crawford TB
There are probably five or more guys worthy of the final two outfield spots.  I like Crawford because of his average and speed.
OF - Adam Jones Bal
Jones is already overshadowed by the rest of the league, being an Oriole.  But, he is also overshadowed by the popular Nick Markakis and rookie Matt Wieters.  This is my subtle nod to Jones' performance this season, and further proof the Orioles made a killing in the Bedard trade. 

NL Starters:
C - Brian McCann Atl
This is such a pathetic group, but someone does have to start, right?  I think Brian McCann is the most talented, so I closed my eyes and penciled in his bubble. 
1B - Albert Pujols StL
Year in and year out this position is so close, and so many of the players are deserving.  I want to make note of the great performances from Adrian Gonzalez and Prince Fielder, but Pujols is clearly at the top. 
2B - Chase Utley Phi
One of those rare occurrances where numbers = popularity. 
3B - Ryan Zimmerman Was
David Wright's numbers are slightly better, but if Zimmerman played for a better team his would blow away the competitions.  Plus you have to give Zimmerman for signing an extension with the worst team in baseball.  Could Zimmerman, Strasburg and Bryce Harper make Washington competitive?  Even I have my doubts. 
SS - Miguel Tejada Hou
The numbers are very close between Tejada and Han Ram, but if Tejada is the All-Star starter, his trade value may go up, right?
OF - Raul Ibanez Phi
There is no better hitter in baseball this year. 
OF - Carlos Lee Hou
He has All-Star starter's numbers. 
OF - Hunter Pence Hou
His numbers are probably 5th best among outfielders, but he's the best right fielder in baseball, and his perpetual joy on the baseball field would be awesome to see in the All-Star game. 


Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2009 1:58 pm
 

My Current All-Star Ballot

This received much more attention than I had anticipated.  I'll write an appendix and attach it as a comment in the coming days.  Thanks for your thoughts.



Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2009 5:38 pm
 

My Current All-Star Ballot

Agree on most,but

Beltran over Lee

kemp over Pence

Ramirez over Tejada

Kinsler beats out Cano

I like Hunter over Crawford both having great years but Torii better all around year

Nice post



Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2009 3:09 pm
 

My Current All-Star Ballot

OF - Hou
His numbers are probably 5th best among outfielders, but he's the best right fielder in baseball, and his perpetual joy on the baseball field would be awesome to see in the All-Star game.

Ryan Bruan OF Brewers has better numbers than this guy. Miguel Tejada is clearly behind Hanley Ramirez and even a slumping Jimmy Rollins in the polls.

Carlos Lee is decent, but Carlos Beltran deserves the nod.

Moreover, I have to agree that the Astros will not have 3 players who have a losing record and are last in their division. You don't even have anyone from the Dodgers who currently have the best record in the majors.

Nice try though!



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2009 1:42 pm
 

My Current All-Star Ballot

Some of these choices make no sense.

1B - Min
Best numbers among AL first basemen, eat is Teixeira.
Youk actually has a higher OPS+.
2B - NYY
Best numbers among AL second basemen, better than Kinsler, better than Pedroia.
You might want to check your numbers. Just because he's hitting .291 doesn't mean he's better than Kinsler, who has been struggling lately. Even so, Kinsler has an .860 OPS which equates to an OPS+ of 124. Cano's OPS+ is 107 and he's worse on the base paths as well as defensively. I don't know how you choose him over Kinsler. Maybe Pedoria, but not Kinsler.

SS - TB
Better numbers than Jeter despite less at-bats.
I guess if you only account for two months of extradionarily unrealistic baseball from this guy, fine. The AL has no great SS anyhow.

OF - Bal
Jones is already overshadowed by the rest of the league, being an Oriole.
You can certainly make a case for him, but you can also make a case for Ichiro, whose OPS+ is only 4 points worse and is hitting .357. Not to mention he's a better base runner and a slightly better defender. Of course, there's also Torii Hunter, who has a much higher OPS+ than Jones and absolutely killing the ball when Vladdy wasn't there.
3B - Was
's numbers are slightly better, but if Zimmerman played for a better team his would blow away the competitions.
Slightly better? Try much better. Wright has an OPS+ of 162 compared to Zimmeran's 139. He's the league leader in average and has one of the highest OBPs in baseball. Also better defensively and a better base-runner.

SS - Hou
The numbers are very close between Tejada and Han Ram, but if Tejada is the All-Star starter, his trade value may go up, right?
Hi there Homer, want a donut? Too bad Tejada never walks. Even when he's hitting .341, his OBP is only .364. His OPS+ is about 12 percent less than that of Hanley Ramirez, who hasn't been completely healthy this year. Tejada undeservingly got a spot last year and he doesn't deserve a start this year.
OF - Carlos Lee Hou
He has All-Star starter's numbers.
So does Carlos Beltran and Ryan Braun. Both of them are killing Lee in OPS+.
OF - Hou
His numbers are probably 5th best among outfielders, but he's the best right fielder in baseball, and his perpetual joy on the baseball field would be awesome to see in the All-Star game.
So can you tell me how 3 Astros end up starting on the All-Star team when they're in last place?

Pence is having a nice year, but he doesn't deserve to start on the all star team nor is he the best right fielder in baseball.





Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2009 10:24 am
 

My Current All-Star Ballot

oh yeah, take Hunter Pence out and put in either Brad Hawpe of the Rockies or Carlos Beltran from the Mets. You got a little Houston-happy towards the end.



Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2009 10:21 am
 

My Current All-Star Ballot

You did a good job, IMO. The only thing i'd argue would be for Ramirez at SS insead of Tejada which has already been stated and then the NL 1B is extremely close with Adrian Gonzalez and Albert Pujols.




Since: Jun 30, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2009 9:49 am
 

My Current All-Star Ballot

The Dodger starter will end up being Chad Billingsley on the mound.  



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2009 9:07 am
 

My Current All-Star Ballot

Good work but kind of a waste of time.  When guys that have a horrible year or sit out the entire first half of the season still make the all-star team you wonder what the criteria is to make it.  Let's face it, the most popular players make it.  The All-star game in baseball is the one that means the least of any professional sport only because it has turned into a joke.  Anyone else think it is a joke?



Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2009 1:00 am
 

My Current All-Star Ballot

I think Orlando Hudson has had a terrific 1st half and deserves a spot in the all-star game.

Go O-Dog!!!!



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2009 11:37 pm
 

My Current All-Star Ballot

Which Dodger deserves to be starting?  Matt Kemp?  Not with a deep class of outfielders: the three I have listed, Carlos Beltran, Ryan Braun, Justin Upton, Colby Rasmus (to throw a rookie in the mix), and others I am leaving out.  Russell Martin?  Ha.  Most years he would be competing with McCann, and even is this year.  But, you can't start in the All-Star game with a sub .250 batting average.  Furcal?  You could argue me off Tejada, but then it would easily be Hanley Ramirez, as the starter at least. 


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