Sunday, July 1st, 2007 at 12:05 pm in Uncategorized.
The All-Star ballots will be tallied this afternoon and the subs will be announced. In that spirit, I decided to pick a 25-man MLB All-Star Roster.
A few disclaimers: 1) Every team does not need to be represented. 2) The results are based strictly on this year’s performance 3) The DH is included, because I want as much offense as possible, and the DH can come from either league 4) Outfielders must play the positions they’ve played most this season. 5) I’ll carry 12 pitchers.
CF —Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners (A hitting machine)
SS — Derek Jeter, Yankees (For his stature, leadership)
LF — Matt Holliday, Rockies (.332, 31 HR, 119 RBI since 2006 break)
RF — Vladimir Guerrero, Angels (Most intimidating hitter in game)
1B — Prince Fielder, Brewers (Adds 27 HR’s, balances lineup)
3B — Alex Rodriguez, Yankees (Big-game resume not great)
DH — Magglio Ordonez, Tigers (AL MVP favorite)
2B — Chase Utley, Phillies (Flat-out stud)
C — Russell Martin, Dodgers (All-around ability sets him apart)
C — Victor Martinez, Indians (All bat, no glove, but so what)
1B — Albert Pujols, Cardinals (He’ll be .330, 35, 100 by time ’07 is over)
INF — Carlos Guillen, Tigers (Switch-hitter, could play anywhere in INF)
INF — Jimmy Rollins, Phillies (Same qualities as Guillen)
OF — Barry Bonds, Giants (He could also DH)
RHP — Dan Haren, A’s (A sub-1.00 ERA in AL is filthy)
LHP — Johan Santana, Twins (Haren’s split followed by Santana’s change)
RHP — Jake Peavy, Padres (NL Cy Young winner if season ends today)
LHP — C.C. Sabathia, Indians (I want two lefties in my rotation)
RHP — Josh Beckett, Red Sox (Could be All-Star Game starter)
RHP Swingman — Brad Penny, Dodgers (Need a guy to replace Beckett when blister troubles hit)
RHP Long — Chris Young, Padres (At 6-10, he is long)
LHP Long — Tom Gorzelanny, Pirates (Very good numbers in band box)
RHP Setup — Heath Bell, Padres (42 runners allowed in 48 1/3 innings)
LHP Setup — Hideki Okajima, Red Sox (4 runs allowed in 39 innings)
RHP Closer — J.J. Putz, Mariners (Not too soon to declare him game’s best)
I’ll take my shot with that club.