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