All Star

Baseball has some of the most passionate and knowledgeable fans in all of sports, but for some reason, when the fans have the chance to select the starters for the mid-summer classic, they have the tendency to pick with their hearts instead of their brains. As much as I like players like Jason Varitek and Ken Griffey Jr., they are not deserving of an All Star nod. With the All Star selections being announced at 2:00 p.m. today, I’m going to jump the gun and give you the players that have truly played like an All Star during the first half of the season.

Although I’d like to make the team entirely of Red Sox players, I’m going to try to be as impartial as possible, which means there may be a Ray or a Yankee on the team. Ugh!

American League

Catcher: Joe Mauer
Pencil him in for the next ten years.

First Base: Justin Morneau
This was a close race between Youkilis and Morneau. Both players have similar numbers. I just think Morneau is better.

Second Base: Dustin Pedroia
This guy is a great hitter and an under-appreciated defender. His defense gives him a slight edge over Ian Kinsler.

Third base: Alex Rodriguez
After a controversial week in the tabloids, this selection should soothe the Material Girl’s pain.

Shortstop: Michael Young
Sorry, Jeter. I know that this is the last year in Yankee Stadium, but Young is better than you.

Outfield: Josh Hamilton, Grady Sizemore, Carlos Quinton
There have been some great performances by AL outfielders during the first half of the season. These three have been the best.

Designated Hitter: Milton Bradley
Even with one arm, I think Big Papi should be the DH. But I’m afraid that Bradley will hunt me down and beat me to a pulp if he’s not picked.

Starting Pitcher: Cliff Lee
11-1, 2.26 ERA. Lee has been the biggest pitching surprise in the league.

Dioner Navarro C
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Ian Kinsler 2B
Brian Roberts 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Derek Jeter SS
B.J. Upton OF
Nick Markakis OF
Ichiro Suzuki OF
J.D. Drew OF
Roy Halladay SP
Ervin Santana SP
James Shields SP
Justin Duchscherer SP
Joe Saunders SP
Gavin Floyd SP
Jon Lester SP
Jonathan Papelbon RP
Francisco Rodriguez RP
Mariano Rivera RP

National League

Catcher: Russell Martin
Martin is in a class by himself. Easily the best catcher in baseball.

First Base: Lance Berkman
After an amazing first half, Berkman is the NL MVP.

Second Base: Chase Utley
24 ding-dongs on the season so far. He has carried the Phillies.

Third base: Larry Jones
Grown men shouldn’t be called Chipper, even when they hit close to .400.

Shortstop: Hanley Ramirez
This guy makes the game look easy. He’s a lock for the next ten years.

Designated Hitter: Ryan Howard
I like that this guy will either strikeout or go yard. There is no in-between.

Outfield: Nate McLouth, Carlos Beltran, Ryan Braun
These three aren’t the biggest names in the National League, but they’ve been carrying their respective teams.

Starting Pitcher: Tim Lincecum
This kid weighs 120 pounds and throws 98 MPH. The fact that he’s 10-1 and is the lone bright spot on the Giants also helps.

Geovany Soto C
Brian McCann C
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Derrek Lee 1B
Dan Uggla 2B
David Wright 3B
Jose Reyes SS
Miguel Tejada SS
Carlos Lee OF
Pat Burrell OF
Matt Holliday OF
Edinson Volquez SP
Brandon Webb SP
Dan Haren SP
Cole Hamels SP
Ben Sheets SP
Ryan Dempster SP
Kerry Wood RP
Jose Valverde RP
Brad Lidge RP

So there you have it, the official 2008 All Star Team.

6 Responses to “All Star”

  1. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    I REALLLLLLLY hope that the fans notice the season Longoria is having and Vote him in as the Final Player for the AL.

    I know hes a Ray. But the kid is ballin right now.

    And David Wright will win for the NL.

    Matt “VOTE for Longoria!!!!!!” McLaughlin

  2. Dan Says:

    Dont worry! I have already voted the alloted number of times! people of the foul line, help me keep jason giambi out of the all star game! Vote Evan!

    Yankees Suck!!!!!!!

  3. Dave Says:

    The rules for picking All-stars are stupid. I don’t like that one player from every team has to make it. The best players should be rewarded, even if it means that 10 players from one team are selected. I think Longoria is the biggest omission. I also thought that Jon Lester, BJ Upton, Carl Crawford, James Shields should have made it.
    The process is crazy, but it’s not going to change anytime soon. Let’s at least hope for the AL to win and get homefield in the World Series.

  4. Dan Says:

    i agree that every team should not have to be represented, but i think that the voting should be taken away from the fans. clearly the sox, yankees, and cubs fans dominate the voting without worrying about who deserves to start, manny should not be starting, kinsler should have gotten the nod over perdroia, and i do like him, but ortiz should not have made the team. soriano starting is also a joke, and jason gayambi will win the fan vote over more deserving players like longoria and jermaine dye.

    Dont worry, the AL always wins the game.

  5. Dave Says:

    Manny is horrible lately, there is no way he makes the team. Same with Big Papi. I think Pedroia definitely deserves to start.That guy has been Boston’s best player.
    If Giambi makes the team over Longoria, I will boycott and refuse to watch. I’ll spend that evening blogging about how stupid the Yankees and their “knowledgeable” fans are as a way to correct the universe.

  6. Dan Says:

    Thats why i need red sox nations help! you guys are the only fan base big enough to defeat the evil empire! vote evan! (if not i hope its dye, he really deserves to go)

    Oh and dont let rays fans fool you, even they are shocked, SHOCKED, by how well they are playing, not bragging, but can you beleive were 5 games up?? can this last????

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