All-Star Guessing Game

Though most guys who were voted to start the MLB All-Star game deserve to be in the game, there are a couple that I question. Needless to say, they have to start and here is what I would like to see for lineups.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
1. Ichiro Suzuki, CF – Seattle Mariners
2. Derek Jeter, SS – New York Yankees
3. Vladimir Guerrero, RF – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B – New York Yankees
5. David Ortiz, 1B – Boston Red Sox
6. Magglio Ordonez, LF – Detroit Tigers
7. Ivan Rodriguez, C – Detroit Tigers
8. Placido Polanco, 2B – Detroit Tigers
9. Dan Haren, P – Oakland A’s

With Jim Leyland as manager for the AL squad, he might just hit Pudge in the leadoff spot, with Polaco and Maggs behind him, but let’s hope he has some common sense and tries to actually win the game. I suppose he could switch Maggs and Jeter without much of a change overall. I could also see Ortiz and A-Rod switch spots in order to have a righty-lefty-righty combo of Vlad, Papi and A-Rod, but we’ll see.

NATIONAL LEAGUE
1. Jose Reyes, SS – New York Mets
2. Chase Utley, 2B – Philadelphia Phillies
3. Prince Fiedler, 1B – Milwaukee Brewers
4. Barry Bonds, LF – San Francisco Giants
5. Ken Griffey, Jr., RF – Ken Griffey, Jr.
6. David Wright, 3B – New York Mets
7. Carlos Beltran, CF – New York Mets
8. Russell Martin, C – Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles
9. Jake Peavy, P – San Diego Padres

I think it would be nice to see Bonds bat cleanup in his home park, but who knows with Tony LaRussa. Beltran is an interesting piece since he can bat anywhere in the lineup, although he is the only one on the team who doesn’t deserve the starting nod, or even a spot on the team at all.

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