22 June 2010
This is the ballot I submitted to MLB for the All-Star Game this year.
|National League||American League|
|Catcher||Miguel Olivo- I thought Olivo would tail off from his great start. He hasn't and he deserves this spot.
||Joe Mauer - Statistically he and Victor Martinez are evenly matched this year, despite spells of ineffectiveness for both. Edge goes to the reigning AL MVP.|
|First Base||Adrian Gonzalez - It was Joey Votto, but Gonzalez hs been just a touch better and the Padres remain front runners. Typically this is Albert Pujols' spot. This is not a typical year.
||Justin Morneau - Edges both Kevin Youkilis and Miguel Cabrera by a hair.|
|Second Base||Martin Prado - gets the edge over Brandon Phillips.||Robinson Cano - hands down the best second baseman in the American League in 2010 and it really isn't close.|
|Third Base||Scott Rolen - For an old over the hill guy that Toronto jettisoned last summer, he's putting up a great year.
||Adrian Beltre - His defense is superior to Evan Longoria and he is hitting just as well.|
|Shortstop||Hanley Ramirez - Struggling, but putting up a solid season at one of the weaker positions in the NL.
||Derek Jeter - Impossible to not pick the Yankee captain who remains a steady presence atop their lineup. Alex Gonzalez' power surge and sparkling defense warrants much consideration.|
|Left Field||Ryan Braun - His .305/.365/.495 is fantastic. At just 26 the Brewers left fielder has many great seasons ahead.
||Josh Hamilton - His June wins the spot over Carl Crawford.|
|Center Field||Andrew McCutchen - The Pirates rookie is the most dynamic young player in the NL Central.
||Alexis Rios - Career rejuvenation for the win! Vernon Wells fits that definition as well.|
|Right Field||Andre Ethier - The Didgers youngster had the hot start though has tailed off dramatically in June.
||Ichiro Suzuki - Magglio Ordonez would be my second choice, but Ichiro's game trumps Mags and his power barrage.|
|Designated Hitter||N/A - Though Ryan Zimmerman or Corey Hart could easily slot in here.||David Ortiz - with an honorable mention to Vladimir Guerrero
|Starting Pitcher||Ubaldo Jimenez - Josh Johnson has been better of late, but I'm giving Jimenez the benefit of the doubt that he was sick when the Red Sox took it to him this week.
||Jon Lester - over Andy Pettitte, Francisco Liriano and Phil Hughes. Any of them are worthy.
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