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Baseball All-Star voting ends tonight, post your choices
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2014/ballot.jsp?sponsor=experian&tcid=ASG14_experian_homepage-mediawalls ^ | July 3, 2014 | Charles Henrickson

Posted on 07/03/2014 2:20:36 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson

Voting for the starting position players for the MLB All-Star game ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern). The final rosters will have 34 players on a side, with all teams being represented.

Factors I weigh in making my choices (in descending order): 1) How the guy is doing this year. 2) How he did last year. 3) How he did the last two or three years. 4) The guy's whole career.

Here then are my choices, starters listed first, followed by backups:

NATIONAL LEAGUE
C: Lucroy, Molina, Posey
1B: Goldschmidt, Freeman, Rizzo, Morneau
2B: Utley, Murphy
SS: Tulowitzki, Ramirez
3B: Frazier, Carpenter
OF: Stanton, Upton
OF: McCutcheon, Gomez
OF: Puig, Smith, Pence
SP: Wainwright, Simon
SP: Cueto, Lohse
SP: Teheran, Bumgarner
SP: Greinke, Hudson
SP: Kershaw, Hammel
RP: Rodriguez, Street
RP: Kimbrel, Soriano

AMERICAN LEAGUE
C: Perez, Suzuki
1B: Cabrera, Abreu
2B: Cano, Altuve, Kinsler
SS: Ramirez, Escobar
3B: Beltre, Donaldson
OF: Trout, Brantley
OF: Jones, Crisp
OF: Bautista, Cespedes
DH: Encarnacion, Martinez, Cruz
SP: Tanaka, Kazmir
SP: Hernandez, Keuchel
SP: Darvish, Richards
SP: Buehrle, Lester
SP: Porcello, Price
RP: Rodney, Perkins
RP: Holland, Uehara


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Sports
KEYWORDS: allstar; athletes; baseball; mlb; ournationalpastime
A few random comments: Gomez is as deserving as Stanton or Puig to be an NL OF starter, but I could only pick two of those three to go along with McCutcheon. For AL DH, Martinez is just as deserving as Encarnacion, so I think that one could go either way. Strongest position so far this year: NL 1B. Hardest team to find anyone All-Star worthy: New York Mets. And notice: No Jeter. I wouldn't mind if he is on the team, as sort of a whole-career tribute, but his performance this year is just so-so.
1 posted on 07/03/2014 2:20:36 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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Altuve is getting short shrift (no pun intended) because he is attached to a bottom tier team. He is an amazing ball player.


2 posted on 07/03/2014 2:28:08 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: Charles Henrickson
I remember at Fenway Park during the 1970s, they'd hand out the All-Star ballots to all the people in the stands. By the 8th inning, thousands of these paper ballots would come cascading from the upper deck like a ticker-tape parade.

I miss those days. Hot dogs were only about 75 cents and they would sell you beer without checking for your ID. I think it was $1.25.

3 posted on 07/03/2014 2:28:24 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: NautiNurse

Altuve may be the only ballplayer shorter than me. I agree he is having a great year.


4 posted on 07/03/2014 2:33:50 PM PDT by darkangel82
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McGehee deserves the nod as the backup at 3B. He’s leading the position in BA, hits, doubles, rbi’s, BA w/ RSP, and fielding percentage. He’s done a great job of making pitchers pay for pitching around Stanton.


5 posted on 07/03/2014 2:33:50 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: NautiNurse
Altuve is having a fantastic year. But Cano is having about as good a year, and I give the nod to him for consistent excellence over many years.

Kinsler is also having an All-Star type year. Strong position for the AL.

6 posted on 07/03/2014 2:35:11 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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Todd Frazier is a great story.


7 posted on 07/03/2014 2:35:30 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: FlJoePa

3B is a relatively weak position for the NL this year. In looking for a backup behind Frazier, there is really no one having a definite All-Star year. But I give the nod to Carpenter because he’s doing just as well as any of the other possibilities, and he had a very strong season last year.


8 posted on 07/03/2014 2:38:41 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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To: Charles Henrickson

All-Star games. The silliest invention known to man........
Waste of time and energy.


9 posted on 07/03/2014 2:39:42 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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Glad you picked Richards....he's deserving.

He's young..but pretty poised and polished. Knows what he's doing....He's got a good support system with Weave and Young around....

10 posted on 07/03/2014 2:40:50 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

And yet you took the time and energy to comment on how it is a waste of time and energy. ;^)


11 posted on 07/03/2014 2:41:32 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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Rajai Davis has been getting it done on both sides of the plate lately.

VIDEO: Rajai Davis hits walk-off grand slam against Athletics
12 posted on 07/03/2014 2:42:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

Not sure it qualifies as an “invention”...but it’s totally messed up that the common Sheeple get to decide who get’s to play. Heck....in a way reminds me of our elections.


13 posted on 07/03/2014 2:43:42 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Yadi!


14 posted on 07/03/2014 2:48:28 PM PDT by chae (The Lannisters send their regards--Game of Thrones)
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To: chae

Lots of worthy players out there.


15 posted on 07/03/2014 2:49:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

McGehee is leading MLB in RISP at .398 - I’d just like to see him get a nod for putting together a solid season. As for the outfield, anyone who doesn’t vote for Stanton hasn’t seen him play.


16 posted on 07/03/2014 2:50:16 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: chae

Yadi is the gold standard at catcher. I get to see him play all the time, being here in St. Louis. However, Yadi’s offensive numbers are a little down this year, and Lucroy is having an incredible year. So I’ve got Lucroy as my starter and Yadi as a backup. But it wouldn’t be a disgrace if it ends up the other way around, as it probably will.


17 posted on 07/03/2014 2:59:47 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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To: FlJoePa
Stanton definitely should be on the team. The only question is, as a starter or a backup? McCutcheon is the best all-around OF in the NL. The other two spots could equally go to Stanton, Puig, or Gomez, take your pick.

Stanton's tape-measure moonshots are impressive, of course. But the most impressive HR I've seen this year was a line-drive laser to right he hit a week or two ago that looked like it would be a single but kept carrying and went over the fence. Jaw-dropping. I couldn't believe my eyes.

18 posted on 07/03/2014 3:04:31 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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Last year I was at a game and watched him hit a ball that was head high - between the SS and second base - that hit the wall on one hop. It seemed to defy physics.


19 posted on 07/03/2014 3:12:48 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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I used to see Willie McCovey and Willie Stargell hit jaw-dropping bullets like that.


20 posted on 07/03/2014 3:15:21 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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Nothing but pitchers this time — both teams composed entirely of pitchers.


21 posted on 07/03/2014 3:19:16 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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SS: Ramirez; Escobar.

Where is Jeter?

22 posted on 07/03/2014 3:19:35 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001 and 9/11/2012: NEVER FORGET.)
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I just think Alexei Ramirez and Alcides Escobar are much better. But I wouldn’t object if Jeter gets on as a career tribute. He just hasn’t been very good for a couple of years now.


23 posted on 07/03/2014 3:25:15 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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Alexei got my vote, as did another Ramirez(Hanley) in the NL. I am not a Yankee fan but hopefully Jeter can step it up in his last season.


24 posted on 07/03/2014 3:39:41 PM PDT by darkangel82
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Tulo HAS to be the NL SS. Hanley could be a backup though.


25 posted on 07/03/2014 3:54:53 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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That is likely how it will shape up for the NL and I agree.


26 posted on 07/03/2014 4:48:46 PM PDT by darkangel82
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That AL catcher be Kurt Suzuki of the Nats's don't want him fame?

LOL Nat's.

27 posted on 07/03/2014 5:21:04 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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Kurt Suzuki is on the Twins this year, and he’s having a good year, and the ASG is in Minneapolis, so he gets my backup spot behind Perez of KC.


28 posted on 07/03/2014 5:26:49 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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Yep and Ramos (Nats) has been on the DL, I like Suzuki and Rizzo dumped him for Ramos. I’m a Phillies fan but Kurt is one of my favorite catchers.


29 posted on 07/03/2014 5:35:22 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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