What’s Brewin Official All Star Ballot
The fan voting for the All Star Game has annoyed me for years and this year I decided to fill out my own ballot and tell you why I chose each player
Catcher: Russell Martin – The first year New York Yankee backstop have rejuvenized Yankee fans thought of what a Catcher should do, his .230 batting average isn’t the greatest among AL Catchers but his 9 HR’s and 30 RBI’s and 7 SB give him the check mark from me over Toronto’s J.P. Arencibia and Detroit’s Alex Avila.
First Base: Adrian Gonzalez – This one is a no brainer. The Boston Red Sox 1B leads the AL in RBI’s and Batting Average. His 69 RBI’s and .359 BA at press time has him as one of the leading candidates for AL MVP and has helped the Boston Red Sox overcome the dismal April that plagued them. The Yankees Mark Teixiera should also make the team with his 21 HR’s but the pick has to be A-Gon.
Second Base: Robinson Cano – Cano, who at times this season has gone back to his 2009 ways at the plate still leads AL 2B with 14 HRs and 48 RBI along with being second to Howard Kendrick in BA.
Third Base: Alex Rodriguez– Alex Rodriguez leads all AL 3B in BA and HR and is 2nd in RBI’s. The pressure that all the Yankees have felt because of the Derek Jeter chase for 3,000 hits was felt by the whole lineup at times this season and ARod also felt it with a subpar May, but the numbers alone speak for themselves. A welcome back to ARod into the starting lineup in the midsummer classic.
Short Stop: Asdrubal Cabrera– The toughest of all of the infield positions to choose between 4 high quality choices to start at Short Stop those being Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta, Elvis Andrus and Alexei Ramirez. Of course yankee fans will ask me for my Yankee fan membership card for not putting Jeter up here on this but does he really belong there. All 4 of the other guys give you the long ball or ribbies or stolen bases Jeter hasn’t given you much of any of that.
Right Field: Jose Bautista– Major League Home Run Leader Jose Bautista has been wrecking pitches on what is becoming one of the greatest 2 year stretches in Major League Baseball history. What is lost in his offensive production is his Outfield defense.
Center Field: Curtis Granderson– The Yankee Center Fielder has been tearing the cover off the ball all season. Whatever adjustments that Kevin Long made to his approach at the plate, has made KLong the best hitting coach in baseball.
Left Field: Brett Gardner– I said last year Gardy was an All-Star and this year with his approach at the plate and ability to hit the ball to all fields give him my vote. While his 2010 SB’s are far better than they are this year, he has played himself into being a Gold Glove defender and the future lead off hitter of the Yankees. It doesn’t hurt that he is hitting over .340 since May 1st.
Designated Hitter: David Ortiz– What else can be said of Big Papi other then the fact that the mashing swing as hard as you can approach is back.
Starting Pitcher: Justin Verlander– Verlander has been downright nasty. Even though C.C. Sabathia was the first ML pitcher to 10 wins, Verlander’s now 10 wins have been impressive playing on the Tigers, if they are going to contend for the AL Central Verlander has to keep up his dominating first half.
Catcher: Brian McCann– It’s pretty easy to name Brian McCann the starter behind the dish for the National League, 13 HR’s 43 RBIs and a .300 average, and he his also a very good defensive catcher. An anchor in the Braves lineup and is showing that he is in the top 5 of Catchers in this generation.
First Base: Prince Fielder– The Brew Crew First Baseman is having a great contract year for the 1st place Brewers, his .306 avg with 21 HRs and 64 RBIs is pacing his team and makes him the choice here.
Second Base: Rickie Weeks– HIs 14 Homers and 33 RBIs are helping lead the Brewers to 1st place in the NL Central.
Third Base: Chipper Jones– Here is my one sentimentality pick, but his power and RBIs prove that he belongs.
Short Stop: Jose Reyes– The Mets Short Stop who is hitting .334 with 36 extra base hits and 27 SBs, have Reyes at the top of the potential free agent class of 2011 as well as teams lining up to acquire him at the trade deadline. The lone bright spot on the Mets and if he is moved why show up to Citi?
Right Field: Lance Berkman– The “Big Puma” has reinvented his career in St. Louis this season and with Albert Pujols on the shelf for 2 months, if the Cardinals are to stay in the NL Central Race, Tony LaRussa is going to need Berkman to stay in his rejuvenated form. His 18 HRs and 54 RBI are tops among NL RF’s as well.
Center Field: Matt Kemp– The Dodgers Center Fielder has 21 HRs 60 RBIs and a .329 Batting Average, Kemp has given fans a reason to show up to Chavez Ravine, hey not my fault they don’t. Kemp is quietly becoming one of the best CFs in MLB.
Left Field: Ryan Braun– Another member of the Brew Crew contingent that is making the trip to the desert, the former Miami Hurricane has been the heart of the Brewers since his call up. His .309 15 and 57, are hard to overlook and a major reason why the Brewers are in 1st place.
Starting Pitcher: Jair Jurrjens– Atlanta’s Jurrjens was the first NL pitcher to 10 wins this season, but even more impressive than that is his 2.07 ERA. Jurrjens is among the crop of young arms that bringing pitching back to the forefront in MLB.
These are our picks for the 2011 Major League Baseball All Star Game what are yours.