I know, I know. You want me to tell you who to vote for this year. Do you want to support the young upstart who came out of nowhere, or the old man whose been around for ever?
With the deadline for voting set to expire tomorrow, it’s time for SCP to issue it’s official endorsements for the MLB All Star Game.
Catcher: Joe Mauer is the leading vote getter, and I have no reason to disagree with that.Â He’s hitting .323, and the Twins are a surprise contender in the AL Central. Plus, Posada was hurt for too long, and neither Pudge nor Varitek is putting up especially impressive numbers.
1st Base: This is strange, since the 1st base spot has traditionally been an embarrassment of riches for the AL come All Star time. Kevin Youkilis is the leading vote getter,and he gets my nod, barely beating out Justin Morneau. Both are hitting around .310, but the Greek god of walks who is actually Jewish has more RBI, and has better slugging and on base percentages.Â Jason Giambi also deserves a spot on the team, though not as a starter
2nd Base: Last year’s rookie of the year, Dustin Pedroia, is number one among the fans so far, but his numbers pale in comparison to Ian Kinsler.Â The Rangers leadoff hitter is among the league leaders in hitting, and has stolen 20 bases to boot.Â Pedroia and Placido Polanco should be there too.
3rd Base: Arod leads the voting, and he deserves the spot. He missed two weeks, but still has 16 homers and 44 RBI, as well as a .320 average.Â Mike Lowell and Joe Crede should also get some consideration.
Shortstop: Bad crop of Shortstops this year. Jeter leads the voting, and it’s at Yankee Stadium, so I guess I would vote for him. But that’s a tradition vote, not one based on this season’s performance. I’m not happy about it, but it has to be done. Kind of the way conservatives feel about John McCain.
Outfield: Two more Texas Rangers make the cut.Â Josh Hamilton is the feel good story of the season, and Milton Bradley is… umm.. doing very well also. ( I don’t want to say the wrong thing and have him attack me.) The third spot goes to Jermaine Dye, who beats out White Sox teammate Carlos Quentin.
DH: Big Papi is hurt. So is Hideki Matsui. So, the only DH left on the ballot who deserves a spot is Aubrey Huff from Baltimore. He’s only hitting .274, but has 46 RBI.
Catcher: Geovanny Soto from the Cubs is a nice story. A rookie catcher on a first place team being selected to start the All Star game would be cool.Â But, he doesn’t actually deserve the spot. Brian McCann from the Braves is having a better season, and so he gets the nod.
1st Base: Oh, this is where all the great first basemen are.Â The most stacked position in the majors has five different guys who deserve consideration.Â But Lance Berkman is the man on top. He beats out Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, and Derrick Lee, and Mike Jacobs among others.
2nd Base: Who would have guessed 2nd base would be where you would find the most power in the National League. I’m going to go Dan Uggla over Chase Utley, though their stats are amazingly similar. The deciding factor? The Marlins have come out of nowhere, and are only a half game behind the Phils. Plus, Utley has slowed down a bit, since starting the season on a ridiculous tear.
3rd Base:Â Chipper is hitting .394. I know I said I wasn’t voting for Hideki Matsui because he was hurt, but when you flirt with .400, I vote for you, whether your injured or not.
Shortstop: Despite all the headlines and bad press he’s gotten this season, Jose Reyes is having an excellent year.Â He’s hitting close to .300 with some pop and is once again among the league leaders in steals.
Outfield: Ryan Braun moved from 3rd base to left field after winning Rookie of the Year.Â He is no worse for the wear, hitting .280 with 20 homers and almost 60 RBI.Â Those numbers are staggeringly similar to Nate McLouth from Pittsburgh, who also wins the ” I have never heard of that guy before” award. The final spot goes to Matt Holliday, whose hitting .340, even though his power numbers are down.