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Sunday, July 1, 2012

All-Star Game Wrap-Up And Notes

David Ortiz
David Ortiz is the only
Red Sox representative for the 2012 All-Star Game. (Photo credit: Keith Allison)
Major League Baseball has announced the rosters for 2012's All-Star Game, where the elite players in the league come together to "make it count", playing for home-field advantage in the World Series. Agree with it or not, that's the way it will happen this season and probably for a few down the road until commissioner Selig retires. Fingers crossed, so far to no avail.

First, we'll list the American League's selected players via NBC Sports and then we'll run through real quick and note some things. Here goes, enjoy.

Starters-

C- Mike Napoli
1B- Prince Fielder
2B- Robinson Cano
3B-Adrian Beltre
SS- Derek Jeter
Of- Josh Hamilton
Of- Curtis Granderson
Of- Jose Bautista
DH- David Ortiz

Pitchers-

Matt Harrison
Felix Hernandez
Justin Verlander
CC Sabathia
C.J. Wilson
Jered Weaver
Chris Sale
David Price
Joe Nathan
Ryan Cook
Jim Johnson
Chris Perez
Fernando Rodney

Reserves-

Of- Adam Jones
C- Matt Wieters
DH- Adam Dunn
1B- Paul Konerko
SS- Asdrubal Cabrera
3B- Miguel Cabrera
DH- Billy Butler
Of- Mike Trout
Of- Mark Trumbo
C- Joe Mauer
SS- Elvis Andrus
2B- Ian Kinsler

Notes-

As expected by most rational fans, the Red Sox are to be represented by just David Ortiz in the DH spot, which is the fewest since 2001 when Manny Ramirez was the lone member from Boston.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia made a strong push for a spot on the roster, but ultimately fell short for the third catcher in the AL. Many Red Sox fans are disappointed, as was I, but to be fair, Napoli, Mauer and Wieters are three of the best in the league. Salty's making an impact, but he's just not there yet in the majority of fans eyes.

Last season, Boston had four All-Stars originally named. Josh Beckett was part of the pitching staff. This season, the Red Sox do not have a hurler on the roster, but given the inconsistency thus far, none of the starters were worthy. A case could be made for Scott Atchison out of the bullpen based solely on numbers, but that's not the way this thing goes.

As always, the Yankees are represented well at the mid-summer classic, with Jeter, Cano, Granderson and Sabathia all being named. CC's likely to sit out though considering his disabled list stint.

The surprise in the AL this season (to some extent) is the Orioles who have three stars making the trip to KC this year. Adam Jones, Matt Weiters and Jim Johnson have all been more than good enough for the second place O's.

For the most part, it's the same list of suspects for this seasons All-Star game. Newcomers in Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout, along with others will make this years event one to watch.


Here I'll quickly go over the National League's roster and list a few things worth noting.

Starters-

C- Buster Posey
1B- Joey Votto
2B- Dan Uggla
3B-Pablo Sandoval
SS- Rafael Furcal
Of- Matt Kemp
Of-Carlos Beltran
Of- Melky Cabrera

Pitchers-

Clayton Kershaw
Gio Gonzalez
Stephen Strasburg
Cole Hamels
Wade Miley
R.A. Dickey
Lance Lynn
Matt Cain
Craig Kimbrel
Aroldis Chapman
Jonathan Papelbon
Joel Hanrahan
Huston Street

Reserves-

SS- Starlin Castro
1B- Bryan LaHair
Of- Jay Bruce
Of- Carlos Gonzalez
2B- Jose Altuve
Of- Giancarlo Stanton
Of- Ryan Braun
3B- David Wright
C- Carlos Ruiz
Of- Andrew McCutchen
C- Yadier Molina
SS- Ian Desmond


Notes-

The first thing I'll say is congratulations to perhaps the most sure thing, 36 year old R.A. Dickey for making his first All-Star team. There's no doubt he deserved to make the team and, if he continues, could become the first knuckleballer to win a Cy Young.

The second thing is, regarding the Giants. How Melky Cabrera, even as good as he's been, slid in front of Ryan Braun is beyond me. Or wait, is it? I'm sure there were some outside influences on fans choice to leave him off the roster, unfairly or not.

Also, who allowed David Wright to be trumped by Pablo Sandoval? Damn Giants fans. I'm kidding, kinda. Congrats to Pablo, but Wright should be standing at the hot corner in the first inning.

Bryan LaHair, at 29, was also among the first-timers. The Cubs 1B/OF should be there and should be proud of the strides he's made as a major leaguer this season. Even if he is playing for that guy over in Chicago. You know? That guy.

Something else that surprised me is the fact that Buster Posey was the leading vote-getter in the senior circuit. The Giants catcher has had a standout season considering he missed most of last, but Carlos Ruiz has outperformed him with a .358 BA, 11 HR and 43 RBI. Credits the fans in the Bay Area, I guess.

Since I've already made this longer than we'd both like, I'll wrap this up by giving props to all the players on the roster and here's to hoping the American League can eek out a win and take home-field advantage in the Fall Classic.



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