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Boston's Top 10 All-Star Game Moments #10: David Ortiz Wins 2010 Home Run Derby

In the 10 days leading up to the 2011 MLB All-Star Game in Arizona, we will be counting down the top Red Sox-related moments in All-Star history. Today we bring you the first in that series, with a...

"Kevin Love, Timberwolves: Virtually every list I've seen has placed Love on the All-Star team,...

"Kevin Love, Timberwolves: Virtually every list I've seen has placed Love on the All-Star team, which may lead people to think he's a shoo-in. Actually, I'm dubious. For starters, there's the long-held bias against players from teams with losing records that I mentioned above. But in Love's case, a larger bias is at work. Since I presume most of you don't regularly talk with scouts and assistant coaches, I can't emphasize this enough: It is shocking how dismissive virtually every old-school basketball type is of Love. Most personnel types grudgingly admit he's a spectacular rebounder before adding that he's unathletic, struggles on defense and basically doesn't fit their prototype of what a star big man ought to be. Even his own coach was indifferent toward him for 10 games until the first 30-30 game in a quarter-century clued him in to the fact that Love might be pretty good. Since these are the people doing the voting, and since Love already faces an uphill battle thanks to his non-reclining middle seat aboard Kahn Air, I'm not sure if he's getting in. I should point out that there is some validity to the scout-speak -- Love is a subpar defender and he can't consistently get his own shot. Nonetheless, it would be unprecedented to leave out a player with such spectacular individual accomplishments. Love has a whopping two-board lead on the field in the chase for the rebound title; additionally, he's shooting 44.5 percent on 3s, and scores at a phenomenal rate (23.5 points per 40 minutes) for a guy who never has plays called for him. The T-wolves may stink, but it's tough to pin that on him. In fact, I'd argue it hurts him -- by my calculations, Sota's soft defense costs Love nearly half a defensive rebound per game."

John Hollinger making a case for Kevin Love in the All-Star Game.

NHL All-Star Voting as of 11/22/2010

A certain Frans Neilsen is missing. Tavares is the top Isle and Mark Streit somehow has 2500. Sean bleeping Avery has a moderately successful write-in campaign going. C'mon people, RALLY 'ROUND THE FRANS!

Jeter & AROD operating at a different level than fellow All-Stars including Pedroia

Article and accompanying photos chronicling the luxury transportation employed by Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez at the All-Star Game in Anaheim. This is compared to Dustin Pedroia, Joe Mauer, Evan Longoria and teammate Nick Swisher, who chose a more conventional means of travel. Photos of the scene were taken Monday afternoon in Anaheim.

Can someone give Charlie Manuel a ride to the ballpark?

Article and accompanying photos chronicling Charlie Manuel’s difficulty in finding a mode of transport to Angel Stadium on Monday for All-Star batting practice.

The Wizard is really good to fans

Story and photos of Ozzie Smith making time for his many fans, while in Anaheim for the All-Star Game. He is truly a class act. He was signing autographs and posing for pictures with everyone along his path.

Unfortunately, It Still Counts: 2010 All-Star Game Preview, Tuesday 7/13, 7:00 CT

Maybe it's time to replace the All-Star Game with something different.

Jeter & AROD operating at a different level than Swisher & fellow All-Stars

Article and accompanying photos chronicling the luxury transportation employed by Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez at the All-Star Game in Anaheim. This is compared to Joe Mauer, Evan Longoria, Dustin Pedroia and teammate Nick Swisher, who chose a more conventional means of travel. Photos were taken Monday afternoon in Anaheim.

A talk with Ozzie Smith about team chemistry and the prostate; a look at the Cardinals' newest futility meme

A talk with Ozzie Smith about team chemistry and the prostate; a look at the Cardinals' newest futility meme

Open Thread: 2010 All-Star Game Home Run Derby

My advice: go up there and hit some dingers.

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