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All-Star Grumblings: American League
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 7/2/2007 10:50:00 AM
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Catcher – Ivan Rodriguez – Selecting Pudge over Victor Martinez might be the worst decision of all. How about a whopping .190 OPS advantage for V-Mart? I-Rod’s 41:4 K:BB ratio is almost embarrassing. The people who made this vote probably also came away from “The Sopranos” finale thinking Tony wasn’t whacked. “How can you be so obtuse?” (Again, bonus points for catching that reference – this time it’s a movie).

First Base – David Ortiz – The fact he’s only played seven games at first base this season doesn’t bother me too much. Justin Morneau is the obvious alternative.

Second Base – Placido Polanco – Well, he’s tough to strike out, and Joe Morgan says he “plays the game the right way.” (Just once, I’d like to hear someone get called out for playing it the “wrong way.”) Anyway, Brian Roberts would have been the correct choice here.

Third Base – Alex Rodriguez – A-Rod has a legitimate chance of reaching 162 RBI this season.

Shortstop – Derek Jeter – Again, nitpicking, but Carlos Guillen is having the superior season offensively. Interesting stat to note: Jeter is just 7-for-14 in stolen base attempts this season.

Outfield – Magglio Ordonez – No argument here. What a remarkable turnaround that I certainly didn’t see coming.

Outfield – Ichiro Suzuki – Sporting the best walk rate of his career, Ichiro is looking at a monster contract this offseason. Grady Sizemore is right there with him as deserving starters in center field.

Outfield – Vladimir Guerrero – The right choice.

A few notes on the AL reserves: Not a whole lot to argue about here, but Gary Sheffield absolutely deserves to be on the team. Michael Young wins out in the battle of attrition in Texas, while Gil Meche does the same in Kansas City. Dan Haren has had a fine season, but it’s Johan Santana who deserves to take the ball in the first inning. Santana’s 2.76 ERA is the best mark of his career during a season’s first half. If he’s not the most valuable fantasy player this season (Jose Reyes), he’s the second best.


"How can you be so obtuse" is from the Shawshank Redemption, if I recall correctly.
Posted by Steve1066 at 7/2/2007 11:27:00 AM
Where is Carlos Pena on the oster or at least the vote in?
Posted by draysfan47 at 7/2/2007 11:31:00 AM
Shawshank Redemption - When Andy is talking to the warden about getting his case reopened.
Posted by hextall at 7/2/2007 11:51:00 AM
Jose Reyes isn't even in the top 5 most valuable players this season. I don't care if he has 100 steals, it's still only one category. 4 homers and 34 rbis are not cutting it as a number 1 overall pick. And his avg and runs, while very good, are not elite this year. I'm assuming your forgetting to mention that AROD guy was an oversight - he's clearly the first half fantasy MVP. But I think players like Utley, Vlad, Maggs, even Ichiro have been more valuable than Reyes so far this year. And yes, Johan, Peavy and Haren too.
Posted by herbst13 at 7/2/2007 11:54:00 AM
Good call with the Shawshank catch guys, you are correct.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 7/2/2007 8:47:00 PM
Herb - you're right, ARod has been the fantasy MVP thus far - no doubt. However, I think you're underrating 80 steals from a middle infielder. His runs scored and average are also well above average, and the HRs will be good for a MI from here on out as well (the doubles are there).
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 7/2/2007 8:57:00 PM

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