Twitter – @AndyMullet
We are now two months into the season and with the All-Star game about a month away, I believed it would be amusing to build my All-Star team for both the AL and the NL. Before I get started I must take care of some imperative business. I have had a problem with the All-Star game for many years now and as long as the fans are voting I do not think this problem with ever fix itself. Do not get me wrong, I love the idea of Major League Baseball getting the fans involved with the All-Star voting but it causes a major problem. With fans controlling who gets into the All-Star game, it becomes a popularity contest. For example: The New York Yankees have one of the, if not the biggest fan base in baseball. That being said, I am tired of seeing Alex Rodriguez in the All-Star game when he spends most of his time on the DL. A player should not be voted into the All-Star game because of his name, they should be voted in because of their production.
I already know certain of the players I picked to go on these All-Star teams will bring criticism upon me but like I just got done saying, I do not care what your name is or how many pervious All-Star games you have played in, I care about your production this year, Plain and simple.
Now that I have explained the way I am going to do things, let me begin.
C – Joe Mauer (MIN) .330 AVG, 37 R, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 0 SB
1B – Chris Davis (BAL) .335 AVG, 45 R, 20 HR, 52 RBI, 0 SB
2B – Dustin Pedroia (BOS) .328 AVG, 45 R, 4 HR, 38 RBI, 9 SB
SS – Jhonny Peralta (DET) .292 AVG, 31 R, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 2 SB
3B – Miguel Cabrera (DET) .361 AVG, 51 R, 18 HR, 69 RBI, 5 SB
RF – Jose Bautista (TOR) .266 AVG, 41 R, 15 HR, 36 RBI, 5 SB
CF – Mike Trout (LAA) .303 AVG, 47 R, 12 HR, 42 RBI, 14 SB
LF – Nate McLouth (BAL) .290 AVG, 40 R, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 22 SB
SP – Clay Bucholz (BOS) 9W-0L, 81 K, 1.71 ERA
P – Max Scherzer (DET) 9W-0L, 106 K, 3.19 ERA
P – Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) 7W-1L, 87 K, 1.79 ERA
P – Yu Darvish (TEX) 7W-2L, 118 K, 2.75 ERA
P – Felix Hernandez (SEA) 7W-4L, 102 K, 2.49 ERA
RP – Jesse Crain (CWS) 17 HLD, 39 K, 0.60 ERA
CL – Joe Nathan (TEX) 20 SV, 26 K, 1.71 ERA
C – Yadier Molina (STL) .351 AVG, 28 R, 4 HR, 32 RBI, 3 SB
1B – Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) .313 AVG, 43 R, 15 HR, 59 RBI, 6 SB
2B – Brandon Phillips (CIN) .292 AVG, 39 R, 10 HR, 52 RBI, 1 SB
SS – Jean Segura (MIL) .346 AVG, 38 R, 9 HR, 29 RBI, 19 SB
3B – David Wright (NYM) .275 AVG, 32 R, 8 HR, 34 RBI, 12 SB
RF – Hunter Pence (SF) .290 AVG, 37 R, 10 HR, 31 RBI, 12 SB
CF – Dexter Fowler (COL) .303 AVG, 46 R, 10 HR, 26 RBI, 11 SB
LF – Carlos Gonzalez (COL) .300 AVG, 52 R, 18 HR, 51 RBI, 12 SB
SP – Patrick Corbin (ARI) 9W-0L, 65 K, 1.98 ERA
P – Jordan Zimmerman (WSH) 9W-3L, 61 K, 2.00 ERA
P – Adam Wainwright (STL) 9W-3L, 91 K, 2.34 ERA
P – Clayton Kershaw (LAD) 5W-4L, 96 K, 1.88 ERA
P – Matt Harvey (NYM) 5W-0L, 95 K, 2.10 ERA
RP – Mark Melancon (PIT) 19 HLD, 34 K, 1.15 ERA
CL – Jason Grilli (PIT) 23 SV, 46 K, 0.98 ERA
“Are you crazy? Where are people like Jacoby Ellsbury or Andrew McCutchen?” No, I am not crazy and yes, I do realize that I am missing a lot of players that are having stellar seasons but as you can see, I only listed one player at each position. Clearly in the real All-Star game they, a few players at each position are voted in. I have one last thing to mention about my selections. As far as the players that play multiple positions go, I went strictly off what they are listed as on ESPN.com.
I would love to get some feedback for these selections. Let me know what you think of them and also who you think would win if these two teams went head to head. Do not forget to check out the 84th MLB All-Star game on July 16th at Citi Field! Only 34 more days and 2 more hours!