29 June 2012
The rosters for the 2012 All Star Game will be announced on Sunday, July 1. As usual, the rosters will include fan voting for the starters as well as player voting and manager selections for the reserves. Here are the details for the 34 player roster composition:
Fan Voting (9 in AL, 8 in NL): Fans will vote for the starting lineup
Player Voting (16 Players): Players will vote for 1 player at each position, plus 8 pitchers (5 starters, 3 relievers)
Manager Selections: (8 in AL, 9 in NL): Each All Star Game Manager will complete the roster up to a total of 33, including at least one from each team
Last Spot (1): The fans will pick one final player from a set of five, based on choices from the Managers and the Commissioner's Office.
I think two Diamondbacks are in excellent position to make the All Star team, and a third D-Back is probably deserving. First, Aaron Hill is now batting .302/.363/.520 through Friday's games, with 11 HR and 38 RBI, and very good defense at second base. Yesterday, Hill became the first player to hit for the cycle twice in season in 80 years, and he did it twice within two weeks. Dan Uggla was leading the latest fan voting, but Hill should also make the team, perhaps along with Brandon Phillips.
Second, Wade Miley has a 2.09 ERA, which is lower than every starter in the NL other than the injured Brandon Beachy. There are many deserving NL Starting pitchers, but I think Miley will be named to the NL All Star team on Sunday. The third Diamondback should be 1B Paul Goldschmidt, who is now batting .299/.375/.532 with 11 HR and 35 RBI. His numbers are the second best in the NL after Joey Votto, who should easily win the fan vote. But the second spot is voted on by the players, and it's not clear if Goldschmidt's hot hitting over the last month will be enough to win a spot over players like Corey Hart, Freddie Freeman, or Adam LaRoche. But on merit, he deserves to be the #2 First Baseman.
Given the constraints of the selection process, here are my picks for the National League and American League Rosters (Starters are listed first, based on expected results from fan voting).
C (3): Buster Posey, SF; Carlos Ruiz, PHI; Yadier Molina, STL
1B (2): Joey Votto, CIN; Paul Goldschmidt, ARI
2B (3): Dan Uggla, ATL; Aaron Hill, TEX; Brandon Phillips, CIN
SS (3): Rafael Furcal, STL; Jed Lowrie, HOU; Starlin Castro, CHN
3B (2): David Wright, NYM; Chase Headley, SD
OF (7): Matt Kemp, LAD (Injured); Carlos Beltran, STL; Ryan Braun, MIL; Melky Cabrera, SF; Andrew McCutchen, PIT; Carlos Gonzalez, COL; Michael Bourn, ATL; Giancarlo Stanton, MIA
SP (9): R.A. Dickey, NYM; Matt Cain, SF; Stephen Strasburg, WAS; Zach Grienke, KC; Johnny Cueto, CIN; Wade Miley, ARI; Madison Bumgarner, SF; Clayton Kershaw, LAD; Gio Gonzalez; WAS
RP (5): Craig Kimbrel, ATL; ; Aroldis Chapman, CIN; Joel Hanrahan, PIT; Jonathan Papelbon, PHI; Tyler Clippard, WAS
Just Missing: Kenley Jansen, LAD; James McDonald, PIT; Ryan Vogelsong, SF; Chris Capuano, LAD; Martin Prado, ATL;Matt Holliday, STL; Jason Heyward, ATL; Bryce Harper, WAS
Lowrie and Castro gets slots at SS as the reps from the Astros and Cubs, Headley is the Padres' rep at 3B, and OFs Gonzalez and Stanton are the only reps from the Rockies and Marlins. Jonathan Papelbon makes the team as the Phillies' representative. I'd like to see Bryce Harper on the team, but I'm not sure if there is room for him. But if he is selected for the fan vote, he will probably make his first (of many) All-Star teams.
C (3): Mike Napoli, TEX; Joe Mauer, MIN; Matt Wieters, BAL;
1B (3): Prince Fielder, DET; Albert Pujols, LAA; Paul Konerko, CHA
2B (2): Ian Kinsler, TEX; Robinson Cano, NYY
SS (2): Derek Jeter, NYY; Elvis Andrus, TEX
3B (2): Adrian Beltre, TEX; Miguel Cabrera, DET;
OF (8): Josh Hamilton, TEX; Curtis Granderson, NYY; Jose Bautista, TOR; Mike Trout, LAA; Adam Jones, BAL; Mark Trumbo, ANA; Josh Reddick, OAK; Austin Jackson, DET
DH (2): David Ortiz, BOS; Edwin Encarnacion, TOR
SP (7): Justin Verlander, DET; Chris Sale, CHA; Felix Hernandez, SEA; Jered Weaver, LAA; David Price, TB; Matt Harrison, TEX; C.J. Wilson, ANA
RP (5): Chris Perez, CLE; Jim Johnson, BAL; Fernando Rodney, LAA; Joe Nathan, TEX; Jonathan Broxton, KC
Just Missing: Mike Moustakas, KC; Jason Kipnis, CLE; Jake Peavy, CHA; Paul Konerko, CHA; Brett Lawrie, TOR
At 1B, Paul Konerko may be having a better season than Fielder and Pujols, but Fielder is leading the fan vote, and I expect Pujols will get a spot by winning in the players' vote. In the OF, Reddick gets a spot as the A's rep. Broxton edges out Moustakas as the Royals' rep, and Chris Perez gets the Indians' spot over Kipnis. Other single player reps are Mauer for the Twins, Hernandez for the Mariners, Ortiz for the Red Sox, and Sale for the White Sox.
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