All-Star Rosters Set, A-Rod Top Vote Getter

The All-Star game rosters are set and though there are always arguable players left off, a majority of the team deserves their spots. Alex Rodriguez finished as the highest vote-getter overall, with Derek Jeter coming in right behind him.

AMERICAN LEAGUE STARTERS:
C: Ivan Rodriguez, Detroit Tigers
1B: David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
2B: Placido Polanco, Detroit Tigers
3B: Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
SS: Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
OF: Vladimir Guerrero, Los Angeles Angels
OF: Magglio Ordonez, Detroit Tigers
OF: Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners

AMERICAN LEAGUE PITCHERS
Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox
John Lackey, Los Angeles Angels
Johan Santana, Minnesota Twins
Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
C.C. Sabathia, Cleveland Indians
Dan Haren, Oaklan Athletics
Gil Meche, Kansas City Royals
Jonathan Papelbon, Boston Red Sox
Francisco Rodriguez, Los Angeles Angels
J.J. Putz, Seattle Mariners
Bobby Jenks, Chicago White Sox

AMERICAN LEAGUE RESERVES
C: Victor Martinez, Cleveland Indians
C: Jorge Posada, New York Yankees
1B: Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins
2B: Brian Roberts, Baltimore Orioles
3B: Mike Lowell, Boston Red Sox
SS: Carlos Guillen, Detroit Tigers
SS: Michael Young, Texas Rangers
OF: Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
OF: Torii Hunter, Minnesota Twins
OF: Manny Ramirez, Boston Red Sox
OF: Alex Rios, Toronto Blue Jays
OF: Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians

I am not sure that Michael Young deserves this spot over Jhonny Peralta, but I guess when you have the game winning hit in an All-Star game under your belt, you get some special treatment. Additionally, I was surprised to see Mike Lowell get a spot on th the team over Kevin Youkilis. Lowell is having a very good season, but with Youkilis’ ability to play first and third, I think he would have been a better fit. Other notable players missing include Orlando Cabrera, who is hitting .337, with 48 RBI, 53 runs scored and 9 stolen bases, and B.J. Upton who is hitting .320, with 9 home runs and 13 stolen bases. Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has 9 wins with a 3.80 ERA and 110 strikeouts so far this year is also a notable player missing, although I think you would have a tough time arguing for him against anyone named to the team.

NATIONAL LEAGUE STARTERS
C: Russell Martin, Los Angeles Dodgers
1B: Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers
2B: Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
3B: David Wright, New York Mets
SS: Jose Reyes, New York Mets
OF: Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants
OF: Carlos Beltran, New York Mets
OF: Ken Griffey, Jr., Cincinnati Reds

I couldn’t be happier that Ken Griffey, Jr. is starting the All-Star game this year and was the top vote-getter overall for the National League. He has always been my favorite non-Yankee player in baseball and it is just a joy to see him play. Congrats Griff!

NATIONAL LEAGUE PITCHERS
Brad Penny, Los Angeles Dodgers
Jake Peavy, San Diego Padres
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
Ben Sheets, Milwaukee Brewers
John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves
Trevor Hoffman, San Diego Padres
Billy Wagner, New York Mets
Francisco Cordero, Milwaukee Brewers
Brian Fuentes, Colorado Rockies
Jose Valverde, Arizona Diamondbacks
Takashi Saito, Los Angeles Dodgers

NATIONAL LEAGUE RESERVES
C: Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
1B: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
1B: Derrek Lee, Chicago Cubs
1B: Dmitri Young, Washington Nationals
2B: Orlando Hudson, Arizona Diamondbacks
2B: Freddy Sanchez, Pittsburgh Pirates
3B: Miguel Cabrera, Florida Marlins
SS: J.J. Hardy, Milwaukee Brewers
OF: Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs
OF: Carlos Lee, Houston Astros
OF: Aaron Rowand, Philadelphia Phillies
OF: Matt Holliday, Colorado Rockies

There are a number of players on the National League team that are missing in my mind. Where is Jimmy Rollins? How about Hanley Ramirez? I can’t believe that Freddy Sanchez found his way on this team as the Pirates representative with Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny available. With 6 of the 11 pitchers all closers, it’s clear that Tony LaRussa is looking for a quick inning from almost everyone.
Aaron Rowand seems a surprise, especially given Jimmy Rollins’ season. Additionally, I think I would have taken Ryan Howard over Rowand too.
John Maine might be the best pitcher left off the roster (except maybe Roy Oswalt). At 9-4 with a 2.74 ERA, there is no doubt that he deserves to be in San Francisco.

There is still one more chance for a couple of players who were left off. Fan voting will determine the final spot on each team, chosen from the following list:

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Tom Gorzelanny, Pittsburgh Pirates
Brandon Webb, Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, San Diego Padres
Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs
Roy Oswalt, Houston Astros

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Pat Neshek, Minnesota Twins
Jeremy Bonderman, Detroit Tigers
Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays
Hideki Okajima, Boston Red Sox
Kelvim Escobar, Los Angeles Angels

I’ll be throwing a vote for Pat Neshek, for the sole reason that I’ve had him lowering my team ERA and WHIP on my fantasy baseball team. I don’t think Halladay or Escobar deserve it and Okajima deserves to be voted in even less. Bonderman has a chance, but I think Neshek deserves it, especially with the submarine delivery.

I think each player on the NL list deserves a spot, but in the end I’ll go with Roy Oswalt, who has the opportunity to be the first player in Major League All-Star history to be voted in by the fans as the 25th guy for the second year in a row.

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