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Who Are The Real Major League All Stars?

by Ed Attanasio (writer), San Frickin' Frisco, Baby!, July 13, 2008


Tuesday night should be a great evening at Yankee Stadium when the 2008 MLB All-Star game is played. But, how many of the starters really deserve to be there?

I am always torn by the selection process that is used to pick the MLB All-Star teams. Since the game is in the middle of the season, a lot of times it obviously comes down to who is having the better first half. Why not take the second half of the prior season into account as well? To me, a sizzling first half does not an all-star make.

Then, you figure in the fan factor and it gets even more confusing.  The fans end up picking the name players, even though they may not be having that great a year. So, between the two, you end up getting a lot of players on both squads that probably don’t deserve to be there.

One of the problems is due to the fact that there is such a glut of talent in the American League. For every superstar in the NL, there are two or more in the AL.

Another problem comes from the disparity in interest between big-market and small-market teams, illustrated by how many Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox are on this year’s rosters. Deserving players on small market teams don’t get the nod because people (including the managers who pick the players) don’t see them enough. Plus, the media would rather write about Alex Rodriguez and Madonna, as opposed to what a great year Jorge Cantu or Aubrey Huff is having, so people just don’t hear about these rising stars as much. 

And finally, there is the “one player per team” rule where every MLB team has to be represented by at least one player. I think that’s  dumb, because there are several teams out there right now who aren’t worthy. Thus, a guy who should be there (like Yunel Escobar from the Braves or Ryan Doumit from the Pirates) doesn’t get in.

Here are starting picks for the All-Star game, to be held Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium:

American League

Catcher:  Joe Mauer, Twins

First Base: Kevin Youklis, Red Sox

Shortstop: Michael Young, Rangers

Second Base: Ian Kinsler, Rangers

Third Base: Mike Lowell, Red Sox

Outfield: Josh Hamilton, Rangers

Outfield: Grady Sizemore, Indians

Outfield: Carlos Quentin, White Sox

Starting Pitcher: Justin Duchscherer, A’s

Relief Picher:  Francisco Rodriguez, Angels

National League

Catcher: Brian McCann, Braves

First Base: Lance Berkman, Astros

Shortstop: Hanley Ramirez, Marlins

Second Base: Chase Utley, Phillies

Third Base: Chipper Jones, Braves

Outfield: Ryan Braun, Brewers

Outfield: Xavier Nady, Pirates

Outfield: Matt Holliday, Rockies

Starting Pitcher: Edinson Volquez, Reds

Relief Picher:  Kerry Wood, Cubs

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Ed Attanasio is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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