Last year, of the All-Star starting lineups, I wrote:
Of the sixteen starting position players, only five return from 2005 -- Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Vladimir Guerrero, Albert Pujols and Carlos Beltran. And Ortiz and Pujols were their league DH's last year.
And once again, I get on my soapbox: if ANY game calls for the use of the DH, this one does. No pitcher will ever bat in an All-Star Game, so why not just use the DH? This would help eliminate problems like they had in 2002, running out of players.
|All-Star Starting Pitchers|
|All-Star Starting Lineups|
|Suzuki, cf||Reyes, ss|
|Jeter, ss||Bonds, lf|
|Ortiz, 1b||Beltran, cf|
|A. Rodriguez, 3b||Griffey, rf|
|Guerrero, rf||Wright, 3b|
|Ordonez, lf||Fielder, 1b|
|I. Rodriguez, c||Martin, c|
|Polanco, 2b||Utley, 2b|
|Haren, p||Peavy, p|
I don't have anything to say about the HR Derby; in fact, I watched very little of it. However, I did think the black jerseys were pretty cool-looking and the orange jerseys aren't:
(AP Photo/ Eric Risberg)
However, what I noticed most about those jerseys, as you can see above, is that the lettering and numbering font style is identical to the one used by the Cubs, rather than the host-team Giants, as seen below:
(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
The game's on Fox. Thus, if you want to avoid Joe Buck & Tim McCarver & the 1,157 dugout reporters, you can turn the sound off, or "check local listings" for a radio affiliate. Here's the Mediacenter link for those of you with MLB.TV or MLB Audio.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
MLB.com Gameday (2006 version)
Incidentally, unlike regular season games, the All-Star Gameday links are already up. You'll find it amusing to see that Roy Oswalt is currently listed in the defensive diagram at 3B and Brad Penny in CF, and Bobby Jenks is hitting cleanup for the AL and playing SS. Check quickly, because they'll probably change that soon.
Discuss amongst yourselves.