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My 2010 All-Star Ballot


Below is my 2010 All-Star ballot.  My criteria: The best thus far in 2010 at said position in the respective league.  Sidenote: Fans shouldn't be able to vote.  Players should be voting.  Onward!

 

AL

1B - Justin Morenau.  Leads in AVG, and high in others.  Alternates--Cabrera, but my clubhouse favorite is Butler, because let's be honest--he looks like a big teddy bear.  

2B - Robinson Cano.  Incredible stats for any player, not just a middle infielder.  Alternates--none.

SS - Derek Jeter.  Consistent as always.  Alternates--Andrus, Gonzalez.  

3B - Evan Longoria.  Excellent slash stats, and a nude shot making its way through the internetz to boot!  Alternates--Beltre.  

C - Joe Mauer, because he's the second best player in baseball, leading his team.  Alternates--Jason Kendall.  Wait, that's a joke.  Posada.  

DH - Vlad Guerrero.  Who knew he wasn't washed up?  What a great half season!  Alternates--Guillen (Jose).  

OF - Nelson Cruz, Alex Rios, Vernon Wells.  Rios is having a great year, and Soriano's contract nor Wells contract looks that bad in 2010, does it?  Alternates--Bautista, Ordonez, Ichiro.  

AL

Morenau

Cano

Jeter

Longoria

Mauer

Guerrero

Cruz

Rios

Wells

 

NL

1B - Albert Pujols.  Much closer than it would appear at first glance--Votto is having just as good a season, but thanks to his 3-homer game against us the other day, King Albert Reigns.  Alternates--Votto.  

2B - Kelly Johnson.  Probably the closest of the actual races, Johnson, Uggla, and Utley have stats that are neck & neck.  Alternates--Uggla, Utley.

SS - Troy Tulowitzki.  Another very close race in the NL, Hanley is also having a comparable year.  Alternate--Hanley.

3B - Scott Rolen.  Scott f***ing Rolen?  Yeah.  Alternate--Zimmerman, McGehee.  

C - Rod Barajas.  Who?  I dunno.  Alternates--Pudge, Molina.  

OF - Ryan Braun, Matt Kemp, Jason Heyward.  I vote for Braun, my least-favorite-player-of-all-time, Kemp (because Ethier has been injured), and the ROY, Heyward.  Alternates--Willingham, Soriano, McCutchen.  

NL

Pujols

Johnson

Tulo

Rolen

Barajas

Braun

Heyward

Kemp

 

Comparing the two rosters, AL owns.  A weak infield and young outfield give the advantage to the AL.  What says you?

BUT WAIT!  THERE'S MORE!  Let's vote on a few pitchers--let's say 3 SP and 2 RP:

AL

SP - Clay Buchholz, Andy Pettitte, David Price.  High in ERA+, WAR, etc.  Alternates--Fister, Marcum, Niemann.

RP - Rafel Soriano, Jon Raunch.  Alternate--Gregg.  Yes, Kevin f***ing Gregg.  

NL

SP - Ubaldo Jimenez, Roy Halladay, Jaime Garcia.  Alternates--Livan, Josh Johnson, Wainwright.

RP - Matt Capps, Heath Bell.  Alternates--Cordero, Broxton.

 

After evaluating the pitching staffs, this looks like a much more evenly-matched game.  The NL has quite the edge in starters, and I would even say relievers.  Don't screw this one up, Bud; oh, too late.

 

Dan

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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