Every year when the All-Star rosters are announced, I am annoyed.
I’ve talked about it here, here and here, so I won’t go into why I think it’s really dumb. Basically, the fans aren’t smart enough to pick the right players and now this game counts for something. That’s not good. If you’d like to read about my trip to last year’s spectacle, start here. It was a lot of fun.
Today Major League Baseball announced its rosters for the annual game and I’m sure there’s plenty wrong. All I know is that the Cardinals have five representatives and that Joe Mauer was the leading vote getter. Let’s get started with the AL.
Catcher: Joe Mauer won the vote. Really, it should be Victor Martinez from Boston. Their stat lines are similar, Mauer is at .303/3/34, Martinez is at .289/9/38. I don’t have a major issue with this one, Mauer’s defense probably makes up for the difference in offensive stats. Martinez is also in the DL, but he could have won the fan vote. I’m sure there will be much worse ones as we continue.
1st Base: Justin Morneau won the vote, should have been Miguel Cabrera. I love me some Justin Morneau, but the fans blew this one. Morneau is certainly a deserving All-Star with a line of .342/17/54. Very good numbers, to be sure. Cabrera has arguably been the best player in baseball thus far with a line of .338/20/68. At least they didn’t take Mark Teixeira.
2nd Base: Robinson Cano won, this is correct.
3rd Base: Evan Longoria won, this is correct in a slim one over Michael Young.
Shortstop: Derek Jeter won it…could have been Alex Gonzalez but it’s close enough that I won’t complain. Jeter can own the tie-breaker here.
Outfield: Ichiro, Josh Hamilton, and Carl Crawford won. Hamilton and Crawford get the nod for sure and Ichiro isn’t a bad choice. How about some love for Alex Rios and his .307/13/45 to go along with 22 steals? I also love Nelson Cruz, but he was on the DL too much to merit a starting spot.
Designated Hitter: Vlad Guerrero won, as he should have.
The AL fans didn’t do so bad here. Maybe that’s why they always win this game. Now for the NL.
Catcher: Yadier Molina won, but it should have been Miguel Olivo. .309/11/45? Fantastic numbers from the Rockies’ backstop. Molina’s defense is stellar, though.
1st Base: Albert Pujols won and normally I wouldn’t even look up anyone else’s stats…but Joey Votto has been giving him a run for his money. Just like AL shortstop, this one is too close to complain about, but Votto deserves a mention.
2nd Base: Chase Utley won it and won’t be able to play, but he shouldn’t have been in the conversation. Martin Prado, Brandon Phillips, and Rickie Weeks should all have been ahead of Utley on the depth chart. Even Kelly Johnson should get a mention here. Prado gets the injury replacement start over Utley.
3rd Base: David Wright won, and he should have. Scott Rolen is a close second. I’m glad Placido Polanco didn’t win. Wow.
Shortstop: Hanley Ramirez won, and he should have.
Outfield: Ryan Braun, Andre Ethier, and Jason Heyward won. Braun and Ethier are fine and I’m the biggest fan of Heyward there is…but come on. He’s hitting .251/11/45. Now those are certainly respectable stats for a 20-year old rookie, but to start him above Carlos Gonzalez, Corey Hart, Jayson Werth, and a whole host of others is pretty ridiculous. Heyward will be unable to play in the game so someone will get his spot but he really shouldn’t be present anyway.
The NL didn’t do quite as well as the AL, but they did better than past years. Shockingly, these starters aren’t terrible. There are a couple mistakes but asking for perfection is way, way too much.
Finally, Omar Infante and Evan Meek are on these rosters? Come on. Can we get some Joey Votto love?!