Who I’m Voting Into The 2012 MLB All-Star Game

The Major League Baseball All Star Game is easily my favorite all-star game event in professional sports. Not that it has great competition or anything. In the NBA no one plays defense until the last minute of the game. In the NFL no one even plays in the game. In the MLB at least the game means something. Players are joined together from their respective leagues to win a nine inning game to capture home field advantage in the World Series. I also love the moves that have to be made by the managers throughout the games and the switching of positional players/pitching decision making. This year’s Major League Baseball All Star Game is being held in Kansas City, home of the Royals. With the game about a month away and voting already taking place for starting lineups I have put together my starting lineup for each league. I know this won’t end up being the exact lineup because it always becomes a popularity contest but here are the guys that deserve it.

American League All Stars

C: Jarrod Saltalamaccia, Bos, .271 avg., 10 HR, 25 RBI

1B: Paul Konerko, CHW, .376 avg., 11 HR, 33 RBI

2B: Ian Kinsler, TEX, .281 avg., 6 HR, 23 RBI

3B: Miguel Cabrera, DET, .315 avg., 9 HR, 42 RBI

SS: Derek Jeter, NYY, .339 avg., 5 HR, 19 RBI

OF: Josh Hamilton, TEX, .367 avg., 21 HR, 57 RBI

OF: Adam Jones, BAL, .317 avg., 16 HR, 34 RBI

OF: Josh Willingham, MIN, .277 avg., 10 HR, 35 RBI (Stat to note: .403 OBP)

DH: David Ortiz, BOS, .323 avg., 13 HR, 37 RBI

SP: Justin Verlander, DET, 2.54 ERA, 5-3 record

National League All Stars

C: Yadier Molina, STL, .329 avg., 8 HR, 22 RBI

1B: Joey Votto, CIN, .330 avg., 8 HR, 30 RBI

2B: Jose Altuve, HOU, .315 avg., 3 HR, 18 RBI

3B: David Wright, NYM, .366 avg., 5 HR, 31 RBI

SS: Rafeal Furcal, STL, .328 avg., 4 HR, 23 RBI

OF: Carlos Gonzalez, COL, .335 avg., 14 HR, 35 RBI

OF: Ryan Braun, MIL, .310 avg., 14 HR, 36 RBI

OF: Melky Cabrera, SF, .376 avg., 4 HR, 26 RBI

DH: (I know the NL doesn’t have a DH but they will need one in their lineup), Giancarlio Stanton, .302 avg., 13 HR, 40 RBI

SP: Gio Gonzalez, WAS, 2.04 ERA, 7-1 record

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