Based on early voting it seems like it could the Yankees vs. the NL All-Stars. Yankees fans vote and vote often it seems like. The bottom line though is that the All-Star voting is more of a popularity contest than a true telling of who the best players are.
So I decided to take my ballot seriously and try to determine which players are the best at each position in the league. Here is my ballot:
MY AL PICKS:
C: Alex Avila, Tigers – An easy choice, he stands out among all of the rest.
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox – Another easy choice. A .358 AVG, .610 SLG speak for themselves.
2B: Howie Kendrick, Angels – Our 1st tough one. His .363 OBP is not as nice as Pedrioa’s, but his .488 SLG is much nicer.
3B: Alex Rodriguez, Yankees – What? I was going to pick Youkilis?
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays – No explanation needed.
OF: Curtis Granderson, Yankees – I’m hoping he’s still competing for the MVP in September.
P: Justin Verlander, Tigers – Another one who just edged out a Yankee. He’s been that good this year though.
MY NL PICKS:
C: Brian McCann, Braves – There are other catchers to consider, but he’s better than all of them.
1B: Prince Fielder, Brewers – He has 10 more homers than Votto, whom I would have selected 2nd.
2B: Rickie Weeks, Brewers – He has put together a great year, a .362 OBP and a .505 SLG.
SS: Jose Reyes, Mets – Not only does he have a much higher OBP than Tulo, he actually has a slightly higher SLG. Throw in 27 SB’s and this one was easy.
3B: Chipper Jones, Braves – No good choices at 3B in the NL this year so I went with the throwback. His .353 OBP and .438 SLG aren’t bad.
OF: Matt Kemp, Dodgers – Great numbers, .418 OBP, .625 SLG. 21 SB’s too.
OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates – Speed, amazing defense, a .390 OBP. Yeah…
P: Roy Halladay, Phillies – It was going to be a Philly, it was just a matter of which one. Drew this name out of a hat.
Let’s hear from you! Who was my biggest snub? How would your ballot look different?