Wednesday, July 2, 2008

All-Star Voting Ends Tonight. Players Who I Think are Going to the ASG.

Fans, you have until midnight EST to vote for your favorite players into the MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. Every vote counts. So get out there and vote!!!

I love All-Star Games. Not only because it brings the best players together for one game, but it was cool to see each player wearing their respective uniforms as they lined up along the first or third base lines. My favorite part of the game does not happen during the game itself (come on, there have been many snorefests within the last twenty years) but the pre-game introductions.

This year, with a few exceptions, every position is up for grabs. I voted a long time ago, and as much as I try, I can't remember all the players I voted for. But that's moot now.

Here are my predictions as to who will make both 2008 All-Star teams (if the voting remains unchanged). There are 32 roster spots open for each team, including the last man vote.

National League:

NL:
1B-Lance Berkman, Astros
2B-Chase Utley, Phillies
3B-Chipper Jones, Braves
SS-Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
OF-Alfonso Soriano, Cubs
OF-Ken Griffey, Reds
OF-Kosuke Fukudome, Cubs
C-Geovany Soto, Cubs

P-Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks
P-Tim Lincecum, Giants
P-Kyle Lohse, Cardinals
P-Ben Sheets, Brewers
P-Ryan Dempster, Cubs
P-Edison Volquez, Reds
P-Aaron Cook, Rockies
RP-Jose Valverde, Astros
RP-Kerry Wood, Cubs
RP-Brad Lidge, Phillies
RP-Billy Wagner, Mets
MRP-Carlos Marmol, Cubs

1B-Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
1B-Albert Pujols, Cardinals
2B-Dan Uggla, Marlins
3B-Aramis Ramirez, Cubs
3B-David Wright, Mets
SS-Miguel Tejada, Astros
SS-Cristian Guzman, Nationals
OF-Matt Holliday, Rockies
OF-Xavier Nady, Pirates
OF-Ryan Braun, Brewers
C-Brian McCann, Braves
C-Russell Martin, Dodgers

AL:
1B-Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox
2B-Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
3B-Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
SS-Derek Jeter, Yankees
OF-Manny Ramirez, Red Sox
OF-Josh Hamilton, Rangers
OF-Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
C-Joe Mauer, Twins
DH-David Ortiz, Red Sox (injured, formally announced that he won't be playing)

P-Cliff Lee, Indians
P-Justin Duchscherer, Athletics
P-Joe Saunders, Angels
P-Roy Halladay, Blue Jays
P-Scott Kazmir, Rays
P-John Danks, White Sox
P-Mike Mussina, Yankees
RP-Francisco Rodriguez, Angels
RP-George Sherrill, Orioles
RP-Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox
RP-Joe Nathan, Twins
RP-Mariano Rivera, Yankees

DH-Hideki Matsui, Yankees (replacing Ortiz)
1B-Justin Morneau, Twins
2B-Ian Kinsler, Rangers
3B-Mike Lowell, Red Sox
SS-Michael Young, Rangers
OF-Vladmir Guerrero, Angels
OF-Carlos Quentin, White Sox
OF-Jose Guillen, Royals
OF-Magglio Ordonez, Tigers
OF-Nick Markakis, Orioles
C-Ivan Rodriguez, Tigers
C-A. J. Pierzynski, White Sox

Now, I'm going to go on a hunch that at least 90% of the players I picked above will be going to the game. And before you comment about why I didn't include this person, or that person. Keep in mind, I took other players into consideration. But based on the rules like every team being represented, and going by the fan vote, the players I chose fit the requirements.

Let the debates begin.

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

1 comment:

Dave said...

There's no way that Terry Francona could get away with only having one Ray on the team. I'm thinking that Longoria and Navarro make it, along with Kazmir. We'll find out tomorrow night!