The All Star game is just around the corner! You’ve all filled out your ballot, now check out ours. Filled with mostly unbiased opinions, but I fully admit I have several ballots with an Adam Jones vote because who doesn’t love Adam Jones? Here’s our All Star squad:
Catcher: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals – It was a close call between Perez and Yankees backstop Gary Sanchez, but Perez, as he has done throughout his career, takes the field more than any other catcher in baseball. Durability to go along with 16 homers and a .289 batting average gives him the nod. This will also be a nice reward for Royals fans before their team becomes irrelevant again for another decade.
First Base: Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox – First base in the AL isn’t quite the same this season with perennial All Stars like Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis having down seasons. We’ve seen out of nowhere campaigns from Logan Morrison, Justin Smoak, and Yonder Alonso, but I’m going with Jose Abreu who after a slow start to the season is hitting over .290 and has already driven over 50 runs.
Second Base: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros – The best second baseman in baseball is doing it again. Hitting over .320 and on his way to another 20/20 season with 11 homers and 14 steals.
Shortstop: Carlos Correa, Houston Astros – Shortstop was a tough one to call, but Correa is the best player on the team with the most wins in baseball. Correa gets the nod.
Third Base: Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins – Sano has finally put everything together and has become one of the most feared power hitters in baseball. Get used to seeing his face at the Midsummer Classic for the next decade.
Outfield: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees – Judge has a real shot at winning the triple crown as a rookie. Total no brainer here.
Outfield: George Springer, Houston Astros – Springer needs just five more leadoff homers to set the new single season record and despite not piling up the steals like many thought he would, he has still become one of the best all around players in baseball.
Outfield: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox – This spot would normally be held by Mike Trout and despite him missing the last month of the season you could make argument he should get it anyway. I’ll let my love for Mookie Betts’ game get in the way here and give him the nod over Trout.
Designated Hitter: Corey Dickerson, Tampa Bay Rays – After disappointing everyone in 2016, Dickerson has become what many thought he could be as a prospect with the Rockies. Leading the AL in hitting is a good way to get yourself an All Star nod.
Catcher: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants – They should really just start naming Posey the National League Catcher at the start of every season. It would save us all a click of the mouse.
First Base: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks – Goldschmidt has a lot of competition this year with the usual suspects like Votto and Rizzo having big seasons, but with Eric Thames and Ryan Zimmerman coming back from the dead this year the competition is even more stiff. I give Goldy the edge almost as a reward to the upstart Diamondbacks who have been one of the more fun teams in the league to watch this year.
Second Base: Brandon Phillips, Atlanta Braves – This should probably be Daniel Murphy, but who doesn’t love Brandon Phillips? He should be involved with anything and everything baseball does. A .300 average doesn’t hurt his case either.
Shortstop: Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers – This was a tough one as it’s hard to ignore Trea Turner stealing what seems like five bases every night. Seager has Turner beat in every other major category and with his team having the best record in the NL he gets the vote.
Third Base: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies – My preseason NL MVP pick has not disappointed this season with 15 homers and 61 RBI already. It also helps that he makes just simply stupid plays defensively on almost a nightly basis.
Outfield: Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies – I’d feel pretty confident about Arenado as my preseason MVP pick if it wasn’t for his own teammate. Blackmon is currently filling up the stat sheet offensively as he is first in the NL in hits, second in runs scored and has 16 homers to boot. This could be the year Blackmon finally becomes a household name.
Outfield: Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers – Bellinger didn’t start playing until the 25th of April and because of that he is a write in on the official All Star ballot. That doesn’t matter here as the rookie leads the NL in home runs and gave the Dodgers a much needed boost to what was a slumping offense at the time of his call up.
Outfield: Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins – I thought this was going to be Bryce Harper until I looked closer and noticed Ozuna’s numbers are almost identical to Harper’s this season. So as any good Nats hating person would do I immediately went with the 26 year old righty. (Editor’s Note: I object to this disrespect of Bryce. Harper has 14 more runs, his OPS is 60 points higher, and his hair is flawless.)
Stats courtesy of baseball reference and accurate as of 6/29
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