The Should Be All-Stars. AL Edition
I don’t want to say the all-star game has become a joke, because I watch it every year and enjoy it, so calling it a joke would make me an idiot… but it’s hardly the event that it’s capable of being. The all-star game should be a combination of the best players and the players having the best seasons being able to showcase their talent on a national stage. Naturally because of fan voting, and fan ignorance, the starting rosters will never quite be that. This year however, fan voting took a turn for the deep end.
Recently, the Red Sox and Giants have collaborated to have their fans vote for each others players. In a system where big markets are already favored, that’s the last thing we need if we’re striving to get the most deserving players. As a Red Sox fan, I find this stunt embarrassing. Do we really need to cheat as fans in order to try to get Jarred Saltalamacchia into an exhibition game? The New York market as always, is continuing to muddle the process. After somehow getting the now .238 hitting Nick Swisher into the game over Kevin Youkilis last year, they currently have the now very mediocre Derek Jeter, and very average Russell Martin slated to start the game. Add those problems with voting to the seemingly endless expanding rosters to get any player who is halfway decent into the game, the mid summer classic is far, far away from what it was in the 60’s and 70’s.
So I’ve given up on really caring who will be the all-stars, and turn my focus to should be the all-stars. That is, if each league had a 25 man roster, who would start and who would play. I came up with this…
C: Alex Avilia, Carlos Santana. Fans: Russell Martin.
Hey New York, Avila has a higher average, OBP and Slugging percentage than Russell Martin. But don’t worry, Russell Martin probably is the best catcher in the league
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Miguel Cabrera. Fans: Gonzalez
It’s Paul Konerko, not Mark Teixeira who gets the short end of the stick here…
2B: Ben Zobrist, Dustin Pedroia. Fans: Robinson Cano.
See previous post. Also see Cano’s home run totals on the road. Zobrist continues to be one of the most underrated players in baseball.
3B. Alex Rodriguez. Fans: Rodriguez
Not worth 30 million dollars a year but worth an all-star vote
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera. Fans: Derek Jeter
Jeter not worth 17 million dollars… also not worth an all-star vote
OF Jose Bautista, Curtis Granderson, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Carlos Quentin. Fans: Bautista, Granderson, Josh Hamilton
Jacoby Ellsbury needs to start, but I think Brett Gardner has accompished the impossible becoming the first underrated Yankee of all time…
DH: David Ortiz. Fans:Ortiz
Read last months post
Pitchers: Jered Weaver, Justin Verlander, Josh Beckett, CC Sabathia, Felix Hernandez, Dan Haren, James Shields, Michael Pineada, David Robertson, Jordan Walden, Mariano Rivera
National League coming tomorrow…