MLB 2010 All-Star Teams

    Off the bat, I thought I would say that I know this is an odd place to post about sports. I am something of a Journalism student and every summer my writing skills atrophy which leads to poor writing in the Fall, which then leads to a mad scramble to save my grade in December. So I made a 4th of July Resolution to write more. Even if they never see the light of day or are about any particular topic, just the act of tapping on the keyboard will hopefully keep the rust away. Now, movin’ on.
 
     The MLB all star teams were announced over the weekend and for those who don’t know, the starters are chosen by the fan votes and the reserves are chosen by the All Star team manager. Now I am not a fan of fans, and I lose faith in democracy every time "John Coffee" wins a democratic primary in South Carolina, but this year I think the fans put most of the right people in the game. 

     I can’t even argue with the Derek Jeter selection this year, (God knows Id like to, but its not a Yankee thing, its a Jeter thing, today Rob Cano is MVP) but he has been genuinely good. Personally, I would have liked to see the Toronto Blue Jays’ Alex Gonzalez get on the team as he has 7 more home runs and 30 points of OPS on Jeter. But I have come to grips with the fact that I live in a world where The British Bulldog is dead and Jake the Snake is still just walking around in the physical world and Derek Jeter will receive a million All-star votes 3 years after he retires.

Joe Mauer All Star votes = 5.3 million     
    In a mild surprise, the medium-market Minnesota Twins and the traditional AL West doormat Texas Rangers put two starters on the field. Reigning MVP Joe Mauer lead all vote getters and Canadian Lumberjack turned First Basemen Justin Morneau from Minnesota and Josh “Roy Hobbs” Hamilton and the reanimated corpse of Vladimir Guerrero represent the Lone-star State.    
  
     On the NL side, Cardinals demigod Albert Pujols lead the vote to the surprise of no one, but the big controversy has been the omission of Cincinnati’s Joey Votto from the original roster. Unfortunately for Votto, as long as Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, and Prince Fielder play the same position, Votto will have a hard time breaking onto the All Star team. Unless he cures a terminal disease, he will forever be the odd man out and I don’t believe he has much of a biology background.  

     Lastly, I would like to be more bothered by the fact that the NL leading Padres have as many All-Star representatives as the pitiful Pittsburg Pirates. I would like to be bothered by this, but even I have to admit Adrian Gonzales is the only player on the team I know. I'm sure their fans will take the wins over my awareness any day, so stay classy San Diego.

     In the end, the American League top-to-bottom is a far superior squad and unless god has money on the game, I would look for the AL to win the midsummer classic for the 12th time in 13 years. 
8 Comments
9 Comments
Posted by alsnuts2

    Off the bat, I thought I would say that I know this is an odd place to post about sports. I am something of a Journalism student and every summer my writing skills atrophy which leads to poor writing in the Fall, which then leads to a mad scramble to save my grade in December. So I made a 4th of July Resolution to write more. Even if they never see the light of day or are about any particular topic, just the act of tapping on the keyboard will hopefully keep the rust away. Now, movin’ on.
 
     The MLB all star teams were announced over the weekend and for those who don’t know, the starters are chosen by the fan votes and the reserves are chosen by the All Star team manager. Now I am not a fan of fans, and I lose faith in democracy every time "John Coffee" wins a democratic primary in South Carolina, but this year I think the fans put most of the right people in the game. 

     I can’t even argue with the Derek Jeter selection this year, (God knows Id like to, but its not a Yankee thing, its a Jeter thing, today Rob Cano is MVP) but he has been genuinely good. Personally, I would have liked to see the Toronto Blue Jays’ Alex Gonzalez get on the team as he has 7 more home runs and 30 points of OPS on Jeter. But I have come to grips with the fact that I live in a world where The British Bulldog is dead and Jake the Snake is still just walking around in the physical world and Derek Jeter will receive a million All-star votes 3 years after he retires.

Joe Mauer All Star votes = 5.3 million     
    In a mild surprise, the medium-market Minnesota Twins and the traditional AL West doormat Texas Rangers put two starters on the field. Reigning MVP Joe Mauer lead all vote getters and Canadian Lumberjack turned First Basemen Justin Morneau from Minnesota and Josh “Roy Hobbs” Hamilton and the reanimated corpse of Vladimir Guerrero represent the Lone-star State.    
  
     On the NL side, Cardinals demigod Albert Pujols lead the vote to the surprise of no one, but the big controversy has been the omission of Cincinnati’s Joey Votto from the original roster. Unfortunately for Votto, as long as Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, and Prince Fielder play the same position, Votto will have a hard time breaking onto the All Star team. Unless he cures a terminal disease, he will forever be the odd man out and I don’t believe he has much of a biology background.  

     Lastly, I would like to be more bothered by the fact that the NL leading Padres have as many All-Star representatives as the pitiful Pittsburg Pirates. I would like to be bothered by this, but even I have to admit Adrian Gonzales is the only player on the team I know. I'm sure their fans will take the wins over my awareness any day, so stay classy San Diego.

     In the end, the American League top-to-bottom is a far superior squad and unless god has money on the game, I would look for the AL to win the midsummer classic for the 12th time in 13 years. 
Posted by SSValis

I think they should have added Strasburg even if it took away from other guys who are having a good season. My point is that the NL has not won in like 15 years and Strasburg is unhittable for one inning. If this game decides who has homefield in the world series than it should be the players who give the team a best chance to win. 

Posted by Skytylz
@SSValis said:
" I think they should have added Strasburg even if it took away from other guys who are having a good season. My point is that the NL has not won in like 15 years and Strasburg is unhittable for one inning. If this game decides who has homefield in the world series than it should be the players who give the team a best chance to win.  "
After reading the beginning of your post, I was going to start saying how wrong you are, but I see your point.  If they pitch him and Jimenez for four innings or so, they'd have a solid chance.
Posted by alsnuts2
@Skytylz: for MLB's sake and for the fans sake Strasburg would be huge in the all star game, but I think Strasburg and the Nationals they want to keep this season as simple and short as possible. Dont want to become the next Kerry Wood. 
Spot on the nose though if they had Jimenez and Strasburg pitch half the game the NL's chances to win go way way up
Posted by pbhawks45

The Rangers have been on the rise for some time now. They're going to win 94-96 games this year, if they can keep up on this pace.  
 
You just don't hear about them, because they aren't the Yankees or Red Sox.

Posted by alsnuts2
@pbhawks45:  
hey dont shoot the messenger. I know all about the rangers, I would go as far to say I like the Rangers, but they havent been in the playoffs in the last decade. I hate the angels and I really hate the A's so Im pulling for Texas. They have a good owner who wants to win and Nolan Ryan in the front office who could still touch 90 on the radar gun if they needed a spot start down the stretch. 
Posted by pbhawks45
@alsnuts2: NO NO NO. They will have a good owner in the next few weeks (if the sale goes through). The current owner, Tom Hicks, is the cheapest bastard in all of sports. Any soccer (football) fan who loves Liverpool F.C. can attest to the man's penny pinching.
Posted by alsnuts2
@pbhawks45:  
Really? I guess I always figured tom hicks for a big spender from back when he gave Arod his huge contract and Chan Ho Park and Pudge and brought in Alfonso Soriano, Ill concede to your judgement on that point. I had the owner pegged wrong.  I do love to get sports perspectives from different regions.
Posted by pbhawks45

He was a big spender at one point. You're right about that. But, once those deals didn't really pan out, he started to go in the other direction. He also owns the Dallas Stars of the NHL. Basically, the guy stretched himself thin among the 3 franchises he owned, and they all suffered. There's a really messy sale going on with the Rangers, and it's gotten to the point where the team is in bankrupcy court, and Bud Selig today basically came out and said, "Fuck it, we're taking over the sale." 
 
Here's the best summary I've found of the whole situation. 
 

While the 2009 season was strong on the field, the club saw several off-the-field distractions concerning unpopular owner Tom Hicks. In April, 2009, Hicks announced he would be willing to sell minority interest in the team. In July, 2009 it was reported that Hicks borrowed money from Major League Baseball to meet the team's payrollafter earlier that spring his company, Hicks Sports Group, was reported to have gone into default on a $525 million loan. In May, 2009, Hicks announced he would be willing to sell majority control of the Rangers. After the 2009 season, Hicks began scouting prospective buyers and in December entered into exclusive negotiating rights for sale of the Rangers with a consortium headed by Pittsburgh sports lawyer Chuck Greenberg, and Rangers team president Nolan Ryan.

 
On January 22, 2010, Hicks Sports Group officially reached a formal agreement to sell the Texas Rangers to the group headed by Greenberg and Ryan, now called Rangers Baseball Express, for approximately $570 million.Under the provisions of the deal, former owner Hicks stayed on as a limited minority partner, but was not allowed to retain a seat on the board of governors. Other minority partners included Dallas businessman Ray Davis, and Ft. Worth businessman Bob Simpson. Hicks also sold much of the land surrounding Rangers Ballpark
 to Rangers Baseball Express in a separate deal. The sale is currently undergoing approval by Major League Baseball owners and the principal lenders holding the debt on Hicks Sports Group. Due to dispute between former owner Hicks and one of HSG's principal lenders Monarch Alternative Capital, the sale that was originally expected to be completed April 1, 2010 has been delayed to the present day.

 
On April 21, Major League Baseball
issued a statement declaring the Rangers' sale to be under the control of the Commissioner to expedite the process.Because of public comments made by Hicks deemed detrimental to the process, MLB also stripped Hicks of any responsibility regarding the sale of the team. On May 13, MLB threatened to seize control of the rest of the team's operations if a deal was not completed by the deadline set by the Commissioner.