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eugeneoregon @ 08:47 am: All-Star Teams thus far:
Baltimore (1): George Sherrill
Boston (5): Kevin Youkilis*, Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia*, David Ortiz*, Daisuke Matsuzaka
Chicago (2): Carlos Quentin*, Joe Crede
Cleveland (1): Cliff Lee*
Detroit (1): Magglio Ordonez
Kansas City (2): Zack Greinke, Joakim Soria
Los Angeles (3): Casey Kotchman, Joe Saunders, Francisco Rodriguez
Minnesota (2): Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau
New York (2): Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez
Oakland (2): Bobby Crosby, Santiago Casilla
Seattle (1): Ichiro Suzuki
Tampa Bay (2): Dioner Navarro, James Shields
Texas (4): Josh Hamilton*, Milton Bradley, Ian Kinsler, Michael Young
Toronto (2): Shaun Marcum, Roy Halladay

By position:
Catchers: Joe Mauer*, Dioner Navarro
First Basemen: Kevin Youkilis*, Justin Morneau, Casey Kotchman
Second Basemen: Dustin Pedroia*, Ian Kinsler
Shortstops: Michael Young*, Bobby Crosby
Third Basemen: Alex Rodriguez*, Joe Crede
Outfield: Josh Hamilton*, Carlos Quentin*, Milton Bradley*, Magglio Ordonez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ichiro Suzuki
DH: David Ortiz*
Starting Pitchers: Cliff Lee*, Zack Greinke, James Shields, Shaun Marcum, Roy Halladay, Joe Saunders, Daisuke Matsuzaka
Relief Pitchers: George Sherrill, Mariano Rivera, Joakim Soria, Francisco Rodriguez, Santiago Casilla


Who won't really make it: Dioner Navarro will get skipped for Varitek, but I had more than enough Red Sox, thank you. I think James Shields will get passed over so Chien-Ming Wang can pitch at home. Soria is almost certain to be left at home as is Santiago Casilla. I think Ellsbury might get left at home because Francona doesn't want to look like he's picking only Red Sox -- but then win the 30th man vote because there are so many Red Sox fans voting.

Who should have made it: This list is pretty free of people. There's not a whole lot of people who were wrongly excluded. Miguel Cabrera could make a good case, but he's a man without a position, and I'm annoyed enough that David Ortiz will make it. The only guys who really only made the list because their team needed someone were Ichiro and George Sherrill, both of whom would have an argument to make the team anyway. Derek Jeter is basically equivalent to Bobby Crosby, but Crosby's better defensively and put up his numbers in a less impressive lineup.


Arizona (3): Brandon Webb, Brandon Lyon, Dan Haren
Atlanta (2): Chipper Jones*, Brian McCann*
Chicago (3): Derrek Lee, Geovany Soto, Carlos Zambrano
Cincinnati (2): Edinson Volquez*, Adam Dunn
Colorado (2): Matt Holliday, Garrett Atkins
Florida (2): Dan Uggla, Hanley Ramirez
Houston (2): Miguel Tejada*, Lance Berkman*
Los Angeles (1): Takashi Saito
Milwaukee (1): Ryan Braun
New York (2): Johan Santana, Billy Wagner
Philadelphia (4): Chase Utley*, Cole Hamels, Pat Burrell*, Brad Lidge
Pittsburgh (1): Nate McLouth*
St. Louis (2): Albert Pujols, Ryan Ludwick
San Diego (1): Adrian Gonzalez
San Francisco (1): Tim Lincecum
Washington (1): Jon Rauch

Catchers: Brian McCann*, Geovany Soto
First basemen: Lance Berkman*, Derrek Lee, Adrian Gonzalez, Albert Pujols
Second basemen: Chase Utley*, Dan Uggla
Shortstops: Miguel Tejada*, Hanley Ramirez
Third basemen: Chipper Jones*, Garrett Atkins
Outfielders: Ryan Ludwick*, Pat Burrell*, Nate McLouth*, Adam Dunn, Matt Holliday, Ryan Braun
Starting pitchers: Edinson Volquez*, Tim Lincecum, Brandon Webb, Cole Hamels, Dan Haren, Johan Santana
Relief pitchers: Jon Rauch, Takashi Saito, Billy Wagner, Brad Lidge, Brandon Lyon

This one was harder since there's two more teams and in reality, the Nationals don't have anyone who should fit in here. Cristian Guzman is the best position player, Rauch is the best pitcher, neither warrants excluding others. Pat Burrell is falling, and he won't likely get picked, but he should be on the team.

Guys who got left off that could easily have made the list: Ryan Church was on it, but I noticed there was no pitching, so Santana went on instead. Jake Peavy will likely get the nod instead of Adrian Gonzalez, but Gonzalez's production is astounding considering he plays at Petco with an awful offense, whereas Peavy's numbers are less impressive because of it.

First off the list: Adam Dunn would probably get left off, but he's top 10 OPS in outfielders and on an increase, as opposed to Xavier Nady, who's just hanging on from opening day.

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From:kohowold
Date:April 15th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
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Great post! I want to see a follow up to this topic

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