UPDATE: Jered Weaver and Howie Kendrick Named to the AL All Star Team.
Last year, we all witnessed the ungodly initial All Star snub of Jered Weaver that got everyone heated and going through the annual ritual of justly bitching about the All Star Games countless flaws.
While the overgrown rat managing the Yankees (otherwise known as Joe Girardi) eventually added Weaver to the roster so that he could watch the game in his home stadium; the snub was just the latest in a long and likely never ending cycle of East Coast bias.
I thought it would be appropriate to send out my projections and open up a thread for discussion on the latest selection of the Yankees and Red Sox versus the National League which takes place Sunday at 9 am Pacific.
I'll start with how I see the NL breaking down. Starters in bold, then backups.
I probably won't fill out the entire roster, just give a breakdown of who I think will win the voting at each spot and list a backup. Along with additional comments with my personal analysis on deserving or undeserving players.
C: Brian McCann: Has it pretty much locked up and deserves it.
Backup: Yadier Molina: Probably will be him, could make an argument for Lucroy from Milwaukee or Ruiz in Philadelphia.
Backup. Joey Votto.
2B: Rickie Weeks
Backup: Brandon Phillips
SS: Troy Tulowitzki (My 2nd favorite player in the MLB right now, ever since I saw him go yard at LB State)
Backup: Jose Reyes. (Deserves to start. Might close the gap in voting with how beastly he's played this week)
3B: Placido Polanco has had this locked up for a month.
Backup: Ryan Roberts. Tough one because of how weak the position is in the NL. I'll go with a dude who I love watching play and deserves to go, slight home park bias.
OF: Ryan Braun (Never miss an at bat. Dude is the most complete hitter in baseball right now.)
Lance Berkman (Will probably end up being moved to the DH spot)
Matt Kemp (Calling that he closes the gap on Holliday)
I'm not going to do complete NL Pitchers. Too much work.
Starters: Halladay, Hamels, Jurrjens, Kershaw, Chacin
Relievers: Storen, Bell, Wilson
And now on to the American League East...I mean American League.
Backup: Weak position. WIll probably be Martin.
1B: Adrian Gonzalez. The MVP so far and best move of the offseason.
Backup: Paul Konerko. If he doesn't make the squad it is a robbery. Numbers better than anyone but A-Gon.
2B: Robinson Cano. Kind of obvious.
Backup: I think it should be Howie and hope that it will. But it is going to be Pedroia without a doubt.
SS: Derek Jeter wins this years Most Undeserving All Star award and ends up snubbing at least one other deserving shortstop.
3B: Alex Rodriguez. He deserves it.
Backup: Adrian Beltre. But I'd much rather have Callaspo at 3rd. He's the utility infielder we need.
DH: David Ortiz
I'm not going with a backup here. But Michael Young deserve to be on the squad. Didn't see that sentence coming at the beginning of the year when we were all praying that we didn't trade for him .
OF: Jose Bautista (Dude is legit. Thanks for the fantasy baseball title you won me last year.)
Curtis Granderson (His imminent 30-30 season will ensure that he is not available until he is old and overpaid enough to be one of our corner outfielders)
Jacoby Ellsbury passes the undeserving Captain Crackhead.
Mariano Rivera should be the only closer because of how deep the AL starting pitching is this season. He won't be, but guys like Phillip Humber, Ricky Romero, King Felix, Dan Haren, CJ Wilson, Scott Baker, Justin Masterson, Alexi Ogando and Jeremy Hellickson will be snubbed so we can watch Jose Valverde, Chris Perez or Kyle Farnsworth pitch an inning.
Angels end up with one rep and no one on the Final Vote ballot. Those are my thoughts. Share Yours.
Post Script Update:
Glad I was wrong about the Angels only getting one rep. Players voted in Howie over Pedroia.
Final Rosters (starters in bold):
C: Brian McCann, Yadier Molina
1B: Prince Fielder, Gaby Sanchez, Joey Votto
2B: Rickie Weeks, Brandon Phillips
3B: Placido Polanco, Chipper Jones
SS; Jose Reyes, Troy Tulowitzki, Starlin Castro
OF: Ryan Braun, Lance Berkman, Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Hunter Pence, Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, Jay Bruce
Pitchers: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Jair Jurrjens, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Ryan Vogelsong, Clayton Kershaw, Jonny Venters, Tyler Clippard, Heath Bell, Brian Wilson, Joel Hanrahan
C: Alex Avila, Russell Martin, Matt Weiters
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Miguel Cabrera
2B: Robinson Cano, Howie Kendrick
3B: Alex Rodriguez, Adrian Beltre
SS: Derek Jeter, Asdrubal Cabrera
Utility: Michael Young, Michael Cuddyer
DH: David Ortiz
OF: Jose Bautista, Curtis Granderson, Josh Hamilton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Joyce, Carlos Quentin
Pitchers: Jered Weaver, James Shields, David Price, Felix Hernandez, Josh Beckett, Gio Gonzalez, Justin Verlander, C.J. Wilson, Brandon League, Chris Perez, Mariano Rivera, Aaron Crow, Jose Valverde