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All-Star Voting, Part III

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Off days are a great time to step back, look around the league, and fill out my third all-star ballot of this season.

Position American League National League
First Base Mike Sweeney, KC Derrek Lee, CHC
Second Base Brian Roberts, BAL Jeff Kent, LAD
Third Base Alex Rodriguez, NYY Troy Glaus, ARI
Shortstop Miguel Tejada, BAL Clint Barmes, COL
Catcher Jason Varitek, BOS Paul Lo Duca, FLA
Outfielder Ichiro!, SEA Adam Dunn, CIN
Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, LAA Bobby Abreu, PHI
Outfielder Jacque Jones, MIN Miguel Cabrera, FLA
Designated Hitter David Dellucci, TEX Our pitchers hit

Teams with players receiving two votes: Marlins and Orioles.

Teams with players receiving one vote: Cubs, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Reds, Phillies, Royals, Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners, Angels, Twins, Rangers.

Notes and discussion:

  • Players leaving my ballot were Richie Sexson, Chipper Jones, Cliff Floyd, Willy Taveras, and Dimitri Young
  • Despite looking for any reason to not vote for Jeff Kent, he received my third consecutive all-star vote.
  • My hardest decision was the AL Designated Hitter. David Ortiz and Shea Hillenbrand are both on the ballot and nearly deserving, but Dellucci's numbers were better.
  • Ichiro! has been a borderline pick on most of my ballots, but continues to get my vote because of his speed, defensive ability, and awesome arm... but it was tough to leave Manny Ramirez off my ballot.
  • The ever-changing NL outfield ballot stabilized a little. Adam Dunn and his monstrous OPS made his second consecutive appearance on my ballot. Miguel Cabrera has been playing well again and has regained the spot he lost to to Cliff Floyd last time. Finally, Bobby Abreu captured the third spot on the ballot because of a tremendous balance of speed and power.
  • Clint Barmes continues to be the most deserving shortstop in the N.L. even over Neifi!

You too can vote for the All-Star starting lineups. I just ask that you keep my man D-Lee in mind.

Posted by Byron at May 12, 2005 4:57 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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