Thursday, April 29, 2010
All-Star Game: Who Deserves your votes?
So, its an Angels travel day, and there is really nothing better to talk about at this point than the All-Star Game coming to Angel Stadium in mid-July. There is no game on ESPN or MLB Network today, and there is no way in hell I'm going to watch the Dodgers play the Pirates.
So today's blog will be pretty simple. Who deserves your All-Star Votes, and why.
Catcher - Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins - This is pretty easy. Mauer is the best hitting catcher in either league, and will probably go down as the greatest hitting catcher of all time.
First Base - Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins/Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox/Kendry Morales, Angels - This is probably the toughest one on the ballot. Morneau is raking the ball, Konerko is a come-back player of the year canidate, and Morales is a perfect homer pick. Flip a three sided coin on this one.
Second Base - Robinson Cano, New York Yankees - Again, pretty easy here. He his hitting almost .400 with 6 homers. No one else even comes close.
Third Base - Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays - Lets please end A-Rod's streak of starting in the All Star Game now, folks. Longoria is more likable, less of a cheater, and is putting up better numbers the first month of the season.
Shortstop - Derek Jeter, New York Yankees - Who cares what his stats are? He is Derek Jeter.
Outfield - Vladimir Guerrero, Texas Rangers/Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers/Vernon Wells, Toronto Blue Jays/Shin-soo Choo, Cleveland Indians - There are four worthy candidates here. Guerrero is the only one that would be on my ballot every time. Pick 3 out of four and move along.
Designated Hitter - Hideki Matsui, Angels - Homer Pick. Everybody gets one.
Catcher - Ivan Rodriguez, Washington Nationals - There are no good candidates here. Brian McCann will probably win, but I'm voting for Pudge, for old times-sake.
First Base - Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals - Duh.
Second Base - Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies - Double Duh.
Third Base - Casey McGehee, Milwaukee Brewers - Most deserving, wont get voted in by the fans in a million years. Hopefully the manager will do the right thing. Doubt it though.
Shortstop - Orlando Cabrera, Cincinatti Reds - Another lack of candidates here. Hanley Ramirez will run away with this one, but OC is putting up great numbers in Ohio.
Outfield - Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers/Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers/Colby Rasmus, St. Louis Cardinals/Marlon Byrd, Chicago Cubs - Again, four solid candidates. Braun is a must. Pick two of the other three.
I'm also very sad that there is no DH spot for the NL for me to vote on, but if I could, Ryan Howard would likely get my vote.
I'm very hopeful that I will be able to attend the Midsummer Classic and surrounding festivities, but even if I'm not, I'm sure it will be a GREAT game, that the American League will run away with.