The roster that I think should be the actual All Star Team based on their 2011 performances.
And the roster that I think would be the worst possible All Star Team using players who for whatever reason are on the ballot.
ADRIAN GONZALEZ, Red Sox
ROBINSON CANO, Yankees
ELVIS ANDRUS, Rangers
ALEX RODRIGUEZ, Yankees
ALEX AVILA, Tigers
DAVID ORTIZ, Red Sox
CURTIS GRANDERSON, Yankees
JOSE BAUTISTA, Blue Jays
ADAM JONES, Orioles
PRINCE FIELDER, Brewers
RICKIE WEEKS, Brewers
JOSE REYES, Mets
PLACIDO POLANCO, Phillies
BRIAN McCANN, Braves
MATT KEMP, Dodgers
RYAN BRAUN, Brewers
JAY BRUCE, Reds
You can’t accuse me of being Red Sox partisan. I have three Yankees starting! And roll up the barrels! I have three starting Brewers!
OK, let’s take a look at the Anti All Star team!
DAN JOHNSON, Rays
WILL RHYMES, Tigers
REID BRIGNAC, Rays
CHONE FIGGINS, Mariners
JEFF MATHIS, Angels
JACK CUST, Mariners
MILTON BRADLEY, Mariners
TRAVIS SNIDER, Blue Jays
FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ, Mariners
BRANDON BELT, Giants
BRAD EMAUS, Mets
RAFAEL FURCAL, Dodgers
IAN STEWART, Rockies
J. R. TOWLES, Astros
RICK ANKIEL, Nationals
CHRIS COGHLAN, Marlins
JASON BAY, Mets
The fact that there are so many Mariners on the Worst Possible American League All Star Team and yet are only a few games out of first place is the best possible argument for Eric Wedges’ Manager of the Year campaign!
So there you have it. My ballot.
Take it for what it is worth.
So the Mariners are going to keep Milton Bradley. Despite a lousy year where he had to leave to take care of personal matters, and an off season arrest that shows those matters aren’t really resolved, he’s coming back.
“People make mistakes,” new Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
Yeah they do Eric. Like giving Milton Bradley chance after chance.
At what point does this become enabling?
At what point do you say “Hmmm, I see a pattern here.”
When a guy this talented plays for 8 teams in 11 seasons (including 5 in the last 4 years) and each time he goes there is much rejoicing, isn’t that the point where you say “Yeah, let’s move on.”
Wedge managed Bradley with the Indians and it was a confrontation between the two that forced his first of many trades.
In the 7 seasons since, he hasn’t really improved, has he?
And when you look at his career, is it even worth it on the field?
He had a great half season in 2007 with the Padres (until he injured himself arguing and ended his season… a season where the Padres missed the playoffs by a single game.)
He had a terrific season in Texas in 2008, his walk year.
Now he has had two straight miserable seasons, is in his mid 30s and frankly has had only had 2 and a half seasons of note.
The Mariners need to rebuild. How exactly is Bradley a piece to any rebuilding project?
If he is no longer a usable player (which he isn’t) and he’s no longer a person you want in the clubhouse (even he doesn’t want to be there) then why bring him back?
People make mistakes.
Eric Wedge and the Mariners are making one now.