Spiffy Selects the MLB All-Star Game! AL Edition

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Tired of seeing deserved players get snubbed and overrated players making the roster and even starting (*cough* Derek Jeter *cough*), Spiffy decided to make his own All-Star team for both sides, rosters that are sure to turn heads (and mind you, I chose the best players, so that sometimes did not lead to having backups at positions; I wasn’t choosing it the same way as Francona and Hurdle have for the game, because well they have to win; I just have to look quirky and fresh). Choosing 32 per side, with at least one representative from each team, the job was tough, but it’s done. And to make sure you know I’m not bullshitting about controversy: I didn’t select Manny Ramirez.

AL Starting Lineup

1. Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers. 2B. The guy leads the league in average and is on pace for 140 runs scored and is ranked as the #2 player in fantasy baseball. He is a surefire stud.

2. Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians. OF. He leads the AL in homeruns with 22, and has 20 steals to boot. Jesus.

3. Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers. OF. Roy Hobbs himself is an easy choice in the OF, and might be the best natural hitter on the team aside from the cleanup man.

4. Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees. 3B. DL stint? No matter, he still dominates every other 3B in the AL.

5. Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins. 1B. Youkilis has a better OPS, but Morneau has a crappier lineup and more RBI’s.

6. Milton Bradley, Texas Rangers. DH. David Ortiz was the fan vote, and Bradley will surely take his place, and he’s the right decision, off-field outbursts notwithstanding.

7. Carlos Quentin, Chicago White Sox. OF. He’s been the model of consistency since a slow first couple weeks, and is the biggest reason the White Sox are in first aside from their pitching staff.

8. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins. C. He might be the best pure hitter along with Hamilton and A-Rod, and he’s hitting 8th here. He has twice as many walks as strikeouts this year.

9. Michael Young, Texas Rangers. SS. Third Ranger in the starting lineup, and he only makes it because every other AL SS is so goddamn weak. And his reward is to play the whole game, because no one else deserves a spot.

Reserves

Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox. 1B.

Dioner Navarro, Tampa Bay Rays. C. As surprsing a selection as it gets.

Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles. OF. He has sneaky good numbers, and makes the team over Manny Ramirez.

J.D. Drew, Boston Red Sox. OF. More than Manny, Drew is responsible for the Red Sox being so good without Big Papi.

Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox. 2B. Another Red Sox sub.

Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays. 3B. The guy has been a stud and an extra base hitting machine since being called up, and this is the first of many selections for this guy.

Brian Roberts, Baltimore Orioles. 2B. 7 homeruns, 26 steals and a .300 average, the perfect table setter for an underrated O’s lineup.

Jermaine Dye, Chicago White Sox. OF. We all thought he was done, but apparently not: he’s at least got one stellar year ahead of him.

DL: Magglio Ordonez, Detroit Tigers. OF. The lone Tiger representative, I went with him so I didn’t have to snub others, and didn’t have to put in Carlos Guillen, who almost does deserve it just for surviving anal fissures.

Staff- It’s a ridiculous staff, and I have 16 pitchers here, and that’s with leaving out Josh Beckett and John Danks.

Cliff Lee, Cleveland Indians.

Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays.

Justin Duchsherer, Oakland A’s. You’re looking at the ERA leader.

Ervin Santana, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

John Lackey, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He’s been the best pitcher in the majors since he debuted off the DL in May. The king of the quality start.

Joe Saunders, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The 3rd Angels starter on this staff, a testament to why they should never NOT be voted as the winner of their division.

Rich Harden, Oakland A’s. If he’s healthy, he should always be on the All-Star team. He lost for the first time this year today.

Scott Kazmir, Tampa Bay Rays. What more can be said about this guy? I mean, I’d still take Victor Zambrano over him.

Mike Mussina, New York Yankees. I wanted to snub him, but he might be the most surprising guy on this entire squad. We all thought he was done, and he has 11 wins.

C.C. Sabathia, Cleveland Indians. After his first four awful starts, he’s been the most dominating pitcher in baseball that’s taller than Tim Lincecum.

Jonathan Papelbon, Boston Red Sox. Duh.

Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees. Apparently he can pitch awesomely until the end of time.

Joakim Soria, Kansas City Royals. The lone Royal rep here, although you could’ve made a case for Greinke or Guillen.

Francisco Rodriguez, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He hasn’t been saving in as dominant a fashion, but he has been just as effective, and could have the most saves by the All-Star break, ever.

Joe Nathan, Minnesota Twins. The 3rd Twin rep, and as sure a thing as any closer in baseball.

DL: Shaun Marcum, Toronto Blue Jays. Before he hit the DL, he was just as good as Halladay.

Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners. I couldn’t in good conscience give the nod to Ichiro like the fans, and while I would’ve loved to put Morrow in, the staff was too good. Felix was pitching beautifully when he went down, and deserves it more than anybody else on the Mariners.

And that’s that. The NL edition including snubs for both leagues will come later today or tomorrow, my typing hand hurts. What do you think? Am I mad? Probably.

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8 Responses to “Spiffy Selects the MLB All-Star Game! AL Edition”

  1. unapoet Says:

    Grady Sizemore has been amazing. A real treat to watch in center too. A fine list.

  2. Breaking Down the All-Star Selections | The Blue Workhorse Says:

    […] Spiffy selects his AL All-Star team and Manny Ramirez doesn’t make the squad. […]

  3. davidry214 Says:

    Indeed, as unapoet said, a fine list. You really put a lot of effort into this, and while I normally like to disagree with you on principle, I’m not finding much I can differ on.

    I don’t think I’d put all three Angels starters in there, opting for Danks over one of them. I think he’s been more instrumental to his team’s success than any one of them has. I guess I’d be kicking off Ervin, who has come back down to earth some the past month.

    I’d also at least consider starting Drew, who has somehow made himself into the top offensive threat for Boston.

    Who’s your starting pitcher for the game? Lee?

  4. spiffyithaca Says:

    Yeah, Cliff Lee would get the nod.

    And I don’t know why you’re so against Ervin Santana (for example: saying my trade of Santana AND Danks for B Rob was veto worthy), when the guy really has only had two bad starts all year, and he won one of those. The guy’s a stud, and deserves it more than Saunders, IMO.

    Eh, I’d take Sizemore, Quentin and Hamilton all before Drew, but it is close.

  5. davidry214 Says:

    Wow, we’re really going to bring fantasy squabbles up on the blog? Much less in a thread where we’re actually getting some outside comments? Fine. First of all, I shouldn’t have said it was veto worthy, because for some weird reason in my mind, at the time I wrote that, Brian Roberts was actually Carlos Lee. Yeah, I have no idea why either. Sorry. I didn’t say anything to reiterate the point when you brought it up in AIM, and I kinda thought it was moot since the issue at the time was Howard, but apparently it’s bugged you in the back of your mind or something, since there was really no other reason to bring it up now. And if you’re going to get all indignant, at least get your own trade correct (it was Santana and Jurrjens, not Danks, a sizeable difference).

    Anyway, do you have any other examples of how I’m “so against Ervin Santana”? I said he’d be similar to Dan Haren last year, tailing off in the second half but still finishing the year with strong overall numbers. That’s hardly “so against” the guy. And now I said I’d probably bump him over Saunders, in a point that was really intended to emphasize that Danks deserved to be on the team. Frankly, I don’t care which of the three Angels gets bumped in this scenario. I picked the one who, at the time I wrote that, had an ERA over 5 for the past month; didn’t seem terribly unreasonable.

  6. spiffyithaca Says:

    Well, to be fair, you never said anything saying you didn’t mean what you said, so I don’t think I was in the wrong to bring it up again, but now it’s cleared up. And also, good point about Jurrjens not Danks. I just dropped Danks (I rule).

    Well it’s been 4 days since your post, but Ervin has a 3.18 ERA over the past month (but Saunders does have an ERA of 2.41). I could definitely see him tail off in the coming months, but I think this is a permanent break out for him. It’s been a long time coming, but he’s finally harnessed his all-world potential. I didn’t mean to argue, I was just defending my picks. I like Danks being involved, but I saw no need to take out any of the Angels trio, because they’ve been so good and the reason the Angels have more wins at the break than they’ve ever had.

    I guess since CC’s now in the NL, that Danks then could take his spot. Yay!

  7. davidry214 Says:

    Fine, maybe I should have said so immediately, but it made/makes me look rather like a dumbass, and like I said, it seemed completely irrelevant at the time. It still seems almost like you were wanting an excuse to bring it up though, since I’ve never really dissed Santana otherwise.

    The Angels have been amazing on the road, too, in a year when apparently league-wide home winning percentages are breaking records. Somewhat surprising, considering Ervin in particular used to have a rep for being about the worst road pitcher in baseball.

  8. spiffyithaca Says:

    Now that belongs to our boy Wandy Rodriguez.

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