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All Star Voting - My Favorite Player Edition

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Way back in the day, I used to publish my all-star votes periodically as a way to discuss the rest of the league. Now that all-star voting is available again this year, I think I'll do so again.

Position American League National League
First Base Morneau, J., MIN Lee, D., CHC
Second Base Grudzielanek, M., KC Utley, C., PHI
Third Base Rodriguez, A., NYY Ramirez, A., CHC
Shortstop Jeter, D., NYY Rollins, J., PHI
Catcher Rodriguez, I., DET Soto, G., CHC
Outfielder Guerrero, V., LAA Bay, J., PIT
Outfielder Sizemore, G., CLE Fukudome, K., CHC
Outfielder Suzuki, I., SEA Griffey Jr., K., CIN
Designated Hitter Ortiz, D., BOS Our pitchers hit

For those stats inclined folks, please don't freak out. I haven't looked at anything to make my decisions. No, mostly these were influenced by watching baseball tonight and the sports page.

Derrek Lee may not get many votes over Albert Pujols, but Derrek is awesome and Albert's a Cardinal.
Chase Utley reminds me of Ryne Sandberg. How about a Ryan Theriot for Chase Utley deal. Darn, I wish Ed Wade was still in Philly.
Alex Rodriguez is the best player in baseball, and one of the greatest ever. David Wright probably ought to get the vote on the NL side, but he wears the wrong uniform, so Aramis Ramirez wins my vote.
• I've always loved Pudge Rodriguez, even if he destroyed the Cubs in 2003, even if he might have done something bad that rhymes with airtroids. And of course, I had to vote for Geovany Soto. He had six RBI yesterday!
Ken Griffey Jr. deserves way more respect and fanfare than he gets. He's played clean throughout the steroid era, and he's on the doorstep of 600 homeruns. Ruth, Aaron, Mays, Griffey.
Ichiro! is still one of the most exciting players in all of MLB. His countryman Kozuke Fooky isn't too far behind.
• It's really not fair that the All-Star game determines World Series home field advantage. The All-Star game is heavily tilted to the American League because of the undue influence of hitting in the All-Star game (Pitchers never hit), yet the AL teams all have an extra hitter. This is played out in the Baseball lines at Bodog. If I didn't like Big Papi so much, I would have abstained from voting for the DH.
• I voted for only four Cubs. I wasn't too bad, was I?

And Finally, I updated the Chicago Cubs Owner Review page to include the latest on Sam Zell, the Illinois Sports Facilities Administration, and the Cubs sale process.

Posted by Byron at May 1, 2008 9:48 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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