Tuesday, September 30, 2008

bdj610's End of Year MLB All-Star Teams...Every Team Needs a Representative

With the pitching staffs set in our last All-Star Team post, the next step is to make sure that every team gets at least one representative. I believe in the All-Star rule that every team, no matter how well or how poorly they did, has at least one person they could tag as an All-Star, based on his performance on the field. If it means that another person gets snubbed, that's sadly the way it goes. It does not matter how many spots there are on an All-Star team, someone always manages to be left out.

Now the pitching staffs from both sides locked in one representative from eight of the NL teams and seven of the AL teams, pretty much half the teams in either league. So that means in this post, I am going to name eight position players in the NL, and seven in the AL.

In the AL, the Red Sox, White Sox, Indians, Royals, Angels, Yankees, and Blue Jays have representatives. These seven players will ensure that the AL has all 14 teams represented:
  • OF Nick Markakis, Orioles (.306, 20 HR's, 87 RBI's)
  • 1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (.292, 37 HR's, 127 RBI's)
  • C Joe Mauer, Twins (.330, 9 HR's, 85 RBI's)
  • OF Jack Cust, Athletics (.231, 33 HR's, 77 RBI's)
  • 3B Evan Longoria, Rays (.272, 27 HR's, 85 RBI's)
  • OF Raul IbaƱez, Mariners (.293, 23 HR's, 110 RBI's)
  • OF Josh Hamilton, Rangers (.304, 32 HR's, 130 RBI's)

On the National League side, the Diamondbacks, Cubs, Reds, Astros, Dodgers, Mets, Phillies, and Giants, have representatives. These eight players will ensure that the NL has all 16 teams represented:

  • 3B Chipper Jones, Braves (.364, 22 HR's, 75 RBI's)
  • OF Matt Holliday, Rockies (.321, 25 HR's, 88 RBI's)
  • SS Hanley Ramirez, Marlins (.301, 33 HR's, 67 RBI's)
  • OF Ryan Braun, Brewers (.285, 37 HR's, 106 RBI's)
  • OF Nate McLouth, Pirates (.276, 26 HR's, 94 RBI's)
  • OF Ryan Ludwick, Cardinals (.299, 37 HR's, 113 RBI's)
  • 1B Adrian Gonzalez, Padres (.279, 36 HR's, 119 RBI's)
  • SS Cristian Guzman, Nationals (.316, 9 HR's, 55 RBI's)

Because I have nine outfield spots on each side, I have noticed that many players who wind up being the only person on their team to make the list normally is an outfielder. Now before you start to say, "Where's this guy?" or, "Why didn't my guy make the team?" Please keep in mind that I'm not done filling out the team. These 15 guys are only here so that all 30 teams have a player. The best (trust me) is still yet to come.


JayBee Anama

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