All-Star Teams Announced (Not Really)

Posted by Dave Nichols | Thursday, June 28, 2007 | 0 comments »

With All-Star voting closing at midnight tonight, here are my teams, complete with back-ups and pitchers, 32 players for each league and each team represented. Starters based on fan voting results as of June 26.

AL Starters (8):
1B David Ortiz, BOS
2B Placido Polanco, DET
SS Derek F. Jeter, NYY
3B Alex Rodriguez, NYY
C Ivan Rodriguez, DET
OF Vladimir Guerrero, LAA
OF Magglio Ordonez, DET
OF Ichiro Suzuki, SEA

For the most part, the fans get it right from what they have to choose from on the ballot. Ortiz is no more a 1B than I am, but whatever. Pudge is living on rep, Victor Martinez should be the pick there.

AL Back-ups (11):
1B Justin Morneau, MIN
2B Brian Roberts, BAL
SS Orlando Cabrera, LAA
SS Carlos Guillen, DET
3B Mike Lowell, BOS
C Victor Martinez, CLE
C Jorge Posada, NYY
OF Torii Hunter, MIN
OF Grady Sizemore, CLE
OF Alex Rios, TOR
OF Sammy Sosa, TEX

I know, I know. Sammy Sosa really isn't an All-Star any more. But someone has to represent Texas, and he does have 13 homers and 61 RBIs, despite never getting on base when he doesn't homer. Just missed: Gary Sheffield, B.J. Upton, Carl Crawford, Michael Young, Carlos Pena

AL Pitchers (12):
ST Dan Haren, OAK
ST C.C. Sabathia, CLE
ST Josh Beckett, BOS
ST John Lackey, LAA
ST Justin Verlander, DET
ST Johan Santana, MIN
ST Roy Halladay, TOR
ST Gil Meche, KC
CL J.J. Putz, SEA
CL Francisco Rodriguez, LAA
CL Bobby Jenks, CWS
CL Al Reyes, TB

Meche is here because KC needs a rep. Reyes is here on merit.

Last Vote (1):
Daisuke Matsuzaka, Kelvim Escobar, Carl Crawford, Gary Sheffield, Michael Young
NL Starters (8):
1B Prince Fielder, MIL
2B Chase Utley, PHI
SS Jose Reyes, NYM
3B David Wright, NYM
C Russell Martin, LAD
OF Carlos Beltran, NYM
OF Ken Griffey, CIN
OF Alfonso Soriano, CHC

We can pick nits on this if you want. I'm voting for Miguel Cabrera at third, but the guys leading are deserving as well.

NL Back-ups (11):
1B Albert Pujols, STL
1B Ryan Howard, PHI
1B Dmitri Young, WAS
2B Dan Uggla, FLA
SS J.J. Hardy, MIL
SS Edgar Renteria, ATL
3B Miguel Cabrera, FLA
C Benjie Molina, SF
OF Matt Holliday, COL
OF Xavier Nady, PIT
OF Barry Bonds, SF

There's NO WAY they're leaving Bonds off the this team. None. With the game in San Fran? Are you kidding me. We just need to get over it. Just missed: Derrick Lee, Brandon Phillips, Aramis Ramirez, Adam Dunn, Hanley Ramirez, Carlos Lee

NL Pitchers (12):
ST Jake Peavy, SD
ST Brad Penny, LAD
ST Cole Hamels, PHI
ST John Smoltz, ATL
ST Ben Sheets, MIL
ST Brandon Webb, ARI
ST Chris Young, SD
ST Roy Oswalt, HOU
CL Francisco Cordero, MIL
CL Jose Valverde, ARI
CL Trevor Hoffman, SD
CL Takashi Saito, LAD

Roy Oswalt beats out Carlos Lee as the Houston rep, IMO.

Last Vote (1):
Derrick Lee, Brandon Phillips, Adam Dunn, Hanley Ramirez, Carlos Lee