First the fans selected the 2006 AL All-Star starters. Then Ozzie Guillen chose the reserves and pitchers. In other words, Curt Schilling and Mike Mussina did not make the team. But of course. Deserving players were snubbed. It happens every year and, frankly, who really cares?
Well, I do.
But I really don’t.
However, I have an opinion and I’m going to share it. After the jump you get to see who I think deserves to be called an American League All-Star. The results may shock you.
C-Joe Mauer- He’s batting .390. Is he the AL MVP?
1b- Jason Giambi- I’d put Travis Hafner or Thome here if they actually played 1b. And I think Giambi’s having a better year than Big Papi. Plus, Ortiz has played something like 3 games at first.
2b- Brian Roberts- I could have gone with Cano instead but I’m going with the sentimental pick. It’s funny that no one talks about Roberts as a candidate for come-back player of the year. Consider that Bubba Crosby accidentally detached his arm from his body last year. Seriously, any guy who comes back from almost losing his arm during a baseball game deserves an All-Star nod.
SS- Derek Jeter- You think Miguel Tejada is better than Captain Clutch. And you’re wrong. Derek’s otherwordly OBP is what puts him over the top. Also, he’s Derek Jeter.
3b- Alex Rodriguez- Mike Lowell is outperforming expecations and A-Rod is not living up to them. And yet, it’s not even close.
RF- Ichiro- I’m jealous of Seattle fans who get to watch the great Ichiro! everyday.
CF- Vernon Wells- Grady Sizemore has made a late run at the spot, but it’s Vernon who’s kept the Jays in contention and the Sox from running away with the division.
LF- Manny- Yawn. Who are the best right-handed hitters ever? Where is Manny on that list?
1b- Jim Thome, Travis Hafner: Oh snap! Look who I left off the team!
3b- Lowell- His defense puts him over Glaus.
SS- Tejada, Carlos Guillen, Orlando Cabrera (added for lone rep. requirement)
C- Jorge Posada
OF- Grady Sizemore, Alex Rios, Jermaine Dye, Gary Matthews Jr.
- Francisco Liriano- Best pitcher in the AL. He is also the Rookie-of-the-Year. That’s not to say that Paps hasn’t been remarkable. He’s just not as great as Liriano.
- Johan Santana- You might not want to play the Twins in a short post-season series given their top 2 pitchers.
- Roy Halladay
- Curt Schilling- You are a blow-hard and yet you are a very good pitcher.
- Mike Mussina
- Barry Zito
Justin VerlanderScott Kazmir (for lone representation requirement)
- Zach Greinke- He has yet to pitch a game for the Royals this year. Yet, he still remains one of the only hopes for this sad, sad franchise. I say vote for hope, vote for the idea. The reality is way too ugly.
- The Great Mariano
- Rafael Soriano
So, basically, you agree? Right?
Updated: Oops! I cheated and did it the easy way. I think I now all the AL teams covered now.