What's your 2009 All-Star ballot look like? Here's my 2009 ballot. Whether you like it or not, the voting process is in the hands of the fans, and as such, I take my vote seriously. I vote based on individual performance and contribution to the team, nothing more. I'd like to see your ballot, too, and hear some of your reasonings.
1B - Morneau over Cabrera and Teixeira. I can't give my vote to Tex because he plays in that Juice Box that is new Yankee Stadium, and I'd rather have Justin in my lineup (paired with Mauer) than Cabrera and any Tiger.
2B - Hill over Kinsler, simply because Hill has a better batting average. He's cooled off a bit, but he's been great this season.
SS - Bartlett has been great this season, even with a DL stint. The trade with the Twins for Garza is looking more and more lopsided as Young isn't doing too well for the Twinkies.
3B - Longoria. No brainer here. MVP candidate.
C - Mauer. Victor Martinez deserves a nod, too, but the Minnesota hometown hero Joe has been unreal with a .407 clip. Who's got a better swing: Pujols or Mauer? I could watch either all day long.
OF - Bay, Hunter, Jones. Bay's been a great slugger, Hunter looks like he's 5 years younger, and Adam Jones may be the real 5-tool player. How craptastic does that Mariners trade for Bedard look now? Andy McPhail, you genius you.
1B - Pujols, the best player on the planet. For as great the NL Central's first basemen are (Pujols, Votto, Berkman, Fielder, Lee, LaRoche), no one comes close to King Albert.
2B - Utley over Phillips. IIRC, Brandon had an off-year last season and has really progressed back to his 2007 form.
SS - Hanley. Somewhat of a slow start offensively in the major slash stats, but still worthy. I'll tell you who should NOT make it--Reyes.
3B - Wright. Fantastic average and OBP clip, and 18 steals to boot. Zimmerman is a fine choice on the worst team in baseball, too. I'd love to pick Aramis here, but 66 ABs just doesn't cut it.
C - Molinas. I'll take either, but I assume the St. Louis version will make the cut. McCann, with his vision problems, hasn't played nearly enough (170 ABs) to be Atlanta's everyday catcher, and Martin has had a poor offensive showing this year.
OF - Ibanez, Braun, Beltran. Probably the most crowded of the MLB picks, with Hawpe, Upton, and Pence all fine choices, but the three I've chosen have been intergral to their team's successes.
There you have it. I'll get around to pitchers here soon enough.