My NL All-Star ballot
For the most part, I’m with Joe Sheehan. I don’t believe in voting on half a season. I believe in voting for the best player, with this season considered but not the only factor. There are some exceptions, such as at shortstop — clearly Jose Reyes hasn’t been the best player before this year, but in his case I don’t believe it’s just a big half-year. I believe he’s come into his own. Anyway. Here goes…
C – Michael Barrett
1B – Albert Pujols
2B – Chase Utley
SS – Jose Reyes
3B – Scott Rolen
OF – Jason Bay
OF – Carlos Beltran
OF – Bobby Abreu
Hard calls —
* Catcher, where Brian McCann has been awesome but I went with Barrett’s body of work over the past few years. I’m very high on McCann and expect him to make plenty of All-Star teams before he’s done.
* Third base, where David Wright may end up as the MVP of the league. It’s Rolen by the smallest of margins, again based on doing it year after year after year. But I’d never say somebody was wrong to vote for Wright, and they’re both fully deserving of being on the team. Too bad there’s no DH in this year’s game, so they could both start. Oh, and Miguel Cabrera is ridiculously good, too. Geez.
* Outfield, where frankly you could put about eight guys in a hat. Andruw Jones, Carlos Lee, Barry Bonds, even Matt Holliday, would all be fine choices.
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