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My 2012 MLB All-Star Ballot

Updated on June 27, 2012

My 2012 MLB All-Star Ballot

Major League Baseball does something neat in letting the fans vote for the All-Star Game each year. While it is a novel idea, most often it is a popularity contest. Sometimes the most popular player is deserving. Often times though, they are not. I always wait until the last week or so to vote because things can change and I want to be sure of who I am voting for. Here is my ballot for this year's game.

American League

C Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

1B Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox

2B Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

3B Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers

SS Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

OF Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers; Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles; Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

DH David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

As it stands Paul Konerko is NOT the leading vote getter in the AL for his position. That would be Prince Fielder who is having a nice year but this is classic popularity vote here. The middle infield comes from the Bronx as Jeter earns his spot this year. Due to the fact that he was not on the roster all year Mike Trout was a write-in. I believe this is the first time I have ever had to use that option but really is there anyone more deserving than Trout? I think not.

National League

C Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies

1B Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

2B Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

3B David Wright, New York Mets

SS Rafael Furcal, St. Louis Cardinals

OF Carlos Beltran, St. Louis Cardinals; Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers; Melky Cabrera, San Francisco Giants

Before you ask, yes, I am aware that Matt Kemp is not on my ballot. The reason? He is not on the field. He is currently on the DL and while his numbers still rank near the top in the league if he isn't playing for his own team he isn't playing for my all-star team. Like Konerko in the AL I think the biggest snub so far is Carlos Ruiz of the Phillies. The catcher has been the lone bright spot on the Phils squad this year putting up impressive offensive numbers. Numbers I didn't think he was capable of. It is easy to put in David Wright at third and it is the right call. Every fiber in my body wants it to be Chipper Jones but I feel he will make the team as the backup anyway. Not bad for a 40-year-old. Bryce Harper is not on my ballot but I have a feeling he will be a regular for the next 15 years. His time will come.

Well, that's my ballot. Feel free to agree/disagree/scream at me/praise me in the comments section below. You know you want to.

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    • petertebin profile image

      petertebin 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      I believe RA Dickey should start for the NL squad and Chris Sale for the AL squad!

    • Rich White profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I haven't put a lot of thought into the pitchers but if I go with my gut I would trot out Jered Weaver in the AL and Stephen Strasburg for the NL. I don't know if they will want Strasburg to start because of his innings limit but I don't think two innings would throw that out of whack too much. I have a feeling Yu Darvish might get the nod over Weaver though. That would be huge for the international media. Thanks for the read and comment!

    • petertebin profile image

      petertebin 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      I love to read everyone's thoughts and opinions. I actually agree with you on almost everything. I think Carlos Gonzalez should be starting for the National League over Melky but Melky is hitting the cover off the ball just not enough home-runs and rbi's for me. Who do you have starting for both squads on the mound? Trout is unbelievable player!

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