The All Star rosters are going to be announced today and inevitably there will be a lot of people ticked off at the results.
And there will be people angry at the popularity contest that is the fan votes.
And also people will hate that every team needs to be represented.
All predictable reactions…
But I am not going to bitch and moan. Or at least not yet. I am going to assemble my All Star Roster for the American League and post it before the real one is announced.
And I will use the current All Star rules.
In other words the starting line up will be as voted by the fans and each team will indeed have a representative.
I’ll pick 24 reserves and pitchers for the AL.
And seeing that homefield advantage in the World Series is on the line, I am putting together a teamwith a shot to win.
So let’s put together the 2010 American League All Star Team…
(As Picked By The Staff of Sully Baseball)
(Based on Current Voting Standings)
CATCHER – JOE MAUER, Minnesota
FIRST BASEMAN – JUSTIN MORNEAU, Minnesota
SECOND BASEMAN – ROBINSON CANO, New York
SHORTSTOP – DEREK JETER, New York
THIRD BASEMAN – EVAN LONGORIA, Tampa Bay
LEFT FIELDER – CARL CRAWFORD, Tampa Bay
CENTER FIELDER – JOSH HAMILTON, Texas
RIGHT FIELDER – ICHIRO SUZUKI, Seattle
DESIGNATED HITTER – VLADIMIR GUERRERO, Texas
PITCHERS and RESERVES
(As selected by the Staff of Sully Baseball)
STARTING PITCHER – DAVID PRICE, Tampa Bay
ANDREW BAILEY, Oakland
CLAY BUCHHOLZ, Boston
TREVOR CAHILL, Oakland
FELIX HERNANDEZ, Seattle
CLIFF LEE, Seattle
JON LESTER, Boston
COLBY LEWIS, Texas
ANDY PETTITTE, New York
MARIANO RIVERA, New York
CC SABATHIA, New York
JOAKIM SORIA, Kansas City
JARED WEAVER, Los Angeles
ADDITIONAL POSITION PLAYERS
ELVIS ANDRUS, Texas
ADRIAN BELTRE, Boston
JOHN BUCK, Toronto
MIGUEL CABRERA, Detroit
TORII HUNTER, Los Angeles
IAN KINSLER, Texas
PAUL KONERKO, Chicago
NICK MARKAKIS, Baltimore
MIKE NAPOLI, Los Anegeles
SHIN-SOO CHOO, Cleveland
VERNON WELLS, Toronto
KEVIN YOUKILIS, Boston
There you have it.
Each team is represented and each position has an able back up. The rotation and bullpen are deep and there is a pair of reserve catchers.
You might be asking, “Now dear Sully, why are you only doing the American League?”
Because I am tired and I want to go to bed.