Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 20, 2013

Today on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast, we discuss Yasiel Puig, who wants to play in the All Star Game. Doing that would make the midsummer classic fun and relevant. So therefore it will never happen..

Gio Gonzalez, Chris Davis, C. J. Wilson and Yasiel Puig all owned baseball on June 19, 2013.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 20, 2013
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Why Matt Cain Starting over R.A. Dickey Is a Good Thing – A Bleacher Report Article

I think R. A. Dickey should win the NL Cy Young Award and is one of the best stories of the season.

That being said, in my latest for Bleacher Report, I defended why Tony LaRussa picked Matt Cain to start the All Star Game tonight.

You can read the article HERE.

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How many All Star selections do I agree with?


The All Star selections this year have been some of the strangest and bringing around the most controversy of any year I can remember.

With each roster at 35 players, there really shouldn’t be any MAJOR controversy. The top players should be in there and the arguments should be over fringe players.

Alas, this year there are some whoppers of omissions, including Joey Votto, who I had as the starting DH for the National League, and Paul Konerko and Kevin Youkilis, who are both having amazing years.

Now all three are on the “pick the final player” poll (or whatever it is called) but they should have to sing for their supper. They should be in, no questions asked.

Some players that got in that I didn’t pick I have no problem with… Matt Thornton, Phil Hughes, Jose Valverde… all having nice years.

And I didn’t include David Ortiz nor Victor Martinez on MY list, so I guess you can’t accuse me of excessive Red Sox bias!

But I’m not saying anything that isn’t taking up hours of talk radio time right now.
I suppose that’s why I listed my All Star Roster ahead of the release of the real rosters.

That way I can show it wasn’t second guessing. (Although I forgot that Troy Tulowitzki was on the Disabled List. Whoops.)

So let’s see which All Stars I agreed with and which ones I didn’t.

American League All Stars that I picked as well

(The players voted in by fans)

ROBINSON CANO, Yankees
CARL CRAWFORD, Rays
VLADIMIR GUERRERO, Rangers
JOSH HAMILTON, Rangers
DEREK JETER, Yankees
EVAN LONGORIA, Rays
JOE MAUER, Twins
JUSTIN MORNEAU, Twins
ICHIRO SUZUKI, Mariners
(Pitchers and Reserves That I Also Picked)
ELVIS ANDRUS, Rangers
ADRIAN BELTRE, Red Sox
CLAY BUCHHOLZ, Red Sox
JOHN BUCK, Blue Jays
MIGUEL CABRERA, Tigers
TREVOR CAHILL, A’s
TORII HUNTER, Angels
IAN KINSLER, Rangers
CLIFF LEE, Mariners
JON LESTER, Red Sox
ANDY PETTITTE, Yankees
DAVID PRICE, Rays
MARIANO RIVERA, Yankees
C. C. SABATHIA, Yankees
JOAKIM SORIA, Royals
VERNON WELLS, Blue Jays


American League Players I chose
but didn’t make the All Star Roster
ANDREW BAILEY, A’s
SHIN SOO CHOO, Indians
FELIX HERNANDEZ, Mariners
PAUL KONERKO, White Sox
COLBY LEWIS, Rangers
NICK MARKAKIS, Orioles
MIKE NAPOLI, Angels
JARED WEAVER, Angels
KEVIN YOUKILIS, Red Sox
American League Players that made
the All Star Roster that I DIDN’T pick
JOSE BAUTISTA, Blue Jays
FAUSTO CARMONA, Indians
NEFTALI FELIZ, Rangers
PHIL HUGHES, Yankees
VICTOR MARTINEZ, Red Sox
DAVID ORTIZ, Red Sox
ALEX RODRIGUEZ, Yankees
MATT THORNTON, White Sox
JOSE VALVERDE, Tigers
TY WIGGINTON, Orioles
National League All Stars that I picked as well
(The players voted in by fans)

RYAN BRAUN, Brewers
ANDRE ETHIER, Dodgers
YADIER MOLINA, Cardinals
ALBERT PUJOLS, Cardinals
HANLEY RAMIREZ, Marlins
DAVID WRIGHT, Mets

(Pitchers and Reserves That I Also Picked)

MARLON BYRD, Cubs
ADRIAN GONZALEZ, Padres
ROY HALLADAY, Phillies
COREY HART, Brewers
RYAN HOWARD, Phillies
TIM HUDSON, Braves

UBALDO JIMENEZ, Rockies
JOSH JOHNSON, Marlins
TIM LINCECUM, Giants
BRIAN McCANN, Braves
BRANDON PHILLIPS, Reds
SCOTT ROLEN, Reds
TROY TULOWITZKI, Rockies
ADAM WAINWRIGHT, Cardinals
National League Players I chose
but didn’t make the All Star Roster

HEATH BELL, Padres
R. A. DICKEY, Mets
JAIME GARCIA, Cardinals
DAN HAREN, Diamondbacks
MAT LATOS, Padres
MIGUEL OLIVO, Rockies
ROY OSWALT, Astros
COLBY RASMUS, Cardinals
STEPHEN STRASBURG, Nationals
JOEY VOTTO, Reds
BILLY WAGNER, Braves
JAYSON WERTH, Phillies

National League Players that made
the All Star Roster that I DIDN’T pick
MICHAEL BOURN, Astros
JONATHAN BROXTON, Dodgers
MATT CAPPS, Nationals
CHRIS CARPENTER, Cardinals
YOVANI GALLARDO, Brewers
MATT HOLLIDAY, Cardinals
OMAR INFANTE, Braves
EVAN MEEK, Pirates
JOSE REYES, Mets
ARTHUR RHODES, Reds
BRIAN WILSON, Giants
CHRIS YOUNG, Diamondbacks

I am voting for Joey Votto and Kevin Youkilis for the final roster spot… although with Youk going down we might have the sore sight of All Star Nick Swisher.

TO BE CONTINUED

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