Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Fan's All Star Ballot

The All Star Game sure snuck up on us, did it not? The event is just a few short days away. Everyone has an opinion of who should be at the game. So what's one more voice added to the mix? And while this vote is based as much as possible on who deserves to be at the game based on performance, a few sentimental picks needed to be added because what is an All Star Game without future Hall of Fame players added to the mix? Each position will list a starter and a backup.

National League:

- First base:  Starter: Joey Votto. The best hitter on the planet. Backup: Paul Goldschmidt
- Second base:  Starter: Aaron Hill.  Backup: Dan Uggla or Brandon Phillips (too close to call)
- Shortstop: Starter: Jed Lowrie. That takes care of the Astros. Backup: Starlin Castro.
- Third base: Starter: David Wright. Backup: Chase Headley. Chipper Jones (just because).
- Right Field: Starter: Carlos Beltran. Backups: Jason Heyward and Andre Ethier.
- Center field: Starter: Andrew McCutchen. Backup: Michael Bourn.
- Left field: Starter: Ryan Braun. Backups: Martin Prado and Melky Cabrera.
- Catcher: Starter: Carlos Ruiz. Backup: Yadier Molina

- Starting pitchers: Zack Greinke, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Matt Cain, James McDonald, R.A. Dickey, Johnny Cueto and Wade Miley.

- Relief pitchers: Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, Matt Belisle and Tyler Clippard.

American League:

- First base: Starter: Paul Konerko. Backup: Edwin Encarnation.
- Second base: Starter: Robinson Cano. Backup: Jason Kipnis.
- Shortstop: Starter: Elvis Andrus, Backups: AsdrubAl Cabrera and Derek Jeter (just because).
- Third base: Starter: Brett Lawrie. Backup: Mike Moustakas
- Left field: Starter: Mike Trout. Backup: Josh Hamilton.
- Center field: Starter: Adam Jones. Backup: Austin Jackson.
- Right field: Starter: Mark Trumbo. Backups: Jose Bautista and Josh Reddick
- Catcher: Starter: Joe Mauer. Backups: A.J. Pierzynski and Matt Wieters.
- Designated hitter: David Ortiz

- Starting pitchers: Justin Verlander, C.C. Sabathia, Chris Sale, Jake Peavy, Jason Hammel, Matt Harrison, David Price and Jered Weaver.

- Relief pitchers: Joaquin Benoit, Fernando Rodney, Chris Perez and Scott Atchison.

That's this Fan's ballot. Thoughts?


Miles said...

You have some very interesting selections. I don't know how you could rationalize including Austin Jackson and not Curtis Granderson. I also would much rather use Giancarlo Stanton than Ethier or Heyward.

Here's my blog with my full roster selections. http://miles-miller.blogspot.com/

William Tasker - Caribou, ME said...

Understood, Miles. Went by fWAR for most of the picks and defense is kicking Granderson down. Whether that is justified or not, couldn't tell you.