My 2007 AL All-Star Ballot

June 28, 2007 at 11:21 pm 13 comments

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There will be much debate once again. This time at SS and at 1B. I can’t wait to hear the arguments, so bring your best and leave it all out on the table. I’ll give you a hint, Derek Jeter is not my SS! Ouch, did that hurt Yankee fans!?

American League

C – Victor Martinez (CLE) – You can make a case for Posada but you can’t argue with his stats: .318-14-62-0-40. Posada is hitting better but doesn’t come close in homers or RBI. And to be honest, neither one is playing stellar defense. V-Mart gets the nod.

1B – Carlos Pena (TB) – This was the toughest one for me to decide. I could’ve gone with homers (Morneau), batting AVG (Youkilis), or with walks (Swisher). So I went with the player that had the best combo of each. Pena is at .292-17-45-0-39. He is 2nd among firstbasemen in homers, 3rd in RBI, 4th in runs, 4th in AVG and 1st in SLUG with .608. Not bad for a guy who was a Spring Training invite.

2B – Brian Roberts (BAL) – This was a tough one until B.J. Upton got injured. Roberts is hitting .325-5-24-25-47. No other secondbaseman can match those numbers all-around except Upton.

3B – Alex Rodriguez (NYY) – Is there really any argument? Look at the numbers: .327-28-78-9-72.

SS – Orlando Cabrera (LAA) – Again, another debate at shortstop! You could easily slot Derek Jeter (.344-5-38-7-53) or Carlos Guillen (.325-12-56-5-45) in this slot. Maybe even Jhonny Peralta (.282-13-45-3-48), Michael Young (.296-4-47-6-45), or even Brendan Harris (.318-8-33-2-38). But I’m going with the slick fielding Cabrera. He’s hitting .334-4-44-9-50. He has not been caught stealing while Guillen and Jeter both have been caught as many times as they’ve stolen. Cabrera won’t get the publicity but I’m picking him as my SS for the AL.

OF – Magglio Ordonez (DET) – Like A-Rod, can you argue with these numbers: .377-13-68-2-65?

OF – Vladimir Guerrero (LAA) – This is where it got a little tough for me. Grady Sizemore has been great (.281-13-36-22-65), Alex Rios has been awesome and mostly unnoticed (.288-17-45-7-55), and Tori Hunter is picking the right year to have a career year (.304-15-59-11-45). But Vlad is on a tear. His numbers and gun in RF are too good to pass up (.331-14-69-1-44).

OF – Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) – It was hard to pass on the above mentioned but look at that AVG! (.364-5-39-22-54) The SB! The runs! And the arm! He belongs.

SP – Dan Haren (OAK) – In 117 innings pitched Haren is 9-2 with 93 SO, an AVG against of .194, an ERA of 1.91 (in the AL!) and a WHIP of 0.94. Sure Sabathia and Beckett have 11 wins. Sure John Lackey has 10 wins and a 2.99 ERA. You can’t argue with how much more valuable Haren is to his team than any other pitcher. Haren simply owns!

*Stats are through games played 6/28/07 (avg-hr-rbi-sb-runs)
-Jonathan C. Mitchell


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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. rockhauler70  |  June 28, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    i agree with u 110% o.c. deserves the all star vote but he wont get many cause hes not that big name but im gonna tell u he is clutch and the leader of the halos…..but he deserves to be there thank you finally some one giving the west coast thier props

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  June 28, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    My pleasure! Sounds like you’ve been wanting to hear this for a while! I just say it how it is and Cabrera deserves to be the starter. Thanks!

  • 3. Jfay  |  June 29, 2007 at 1:42 am

    I also agree with OC he is the man, he avg. isnt as high as jeters but has about a fourth of the errors as him and has a higher batting avg and field. pct than the rest of the SS as well. also i am glad someone is giving matt holliday and Eric Byrnes the recognition they deserve.

  • 4. BaseballWhammy  |  June 29, 2007 at 6:44 am

    The AL is a little more tricky, as there isn’t as many cut and clear all stars, unlike the national league where you have 2 maybe 3 players are the obvious choices. Like at shortshop based on stats, you could have 1 of 6 or so starting ss’s. I like the list though. The only change I’d make would be Youkilis at first, just because he truly deserves it.

  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  June 29, 2007 at 9:13 am

    Youkilis has had a great season. He plays the game right and plays stellar defense. He would be my 2nd choice behind Pena. I still think Pena has the best all-around game of AL 1B right now. And he’s done it in less at-bats. You are totally right though, there could be any of 6 SS in the game for the AL and 4 for the NL. What a stacked position!

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  June 29, 2007 at 9:16 am

    Jfay – Thanks! I’m glad to see there are some fans out there that actually think the “best” player deserves the starting spots. You could make your arguments for others but you can’t go wrong with these guys, especially the ones that don’t get the love the Yanks and Red Sox do. Thanks again Jfay!

  • 7. MaxofSports  |  June 30, 2007 at 9:36 am

    dude, great job doing your homework on Carlos Pena. You really can’t argue with the numbers that he’s put up this year. It’s unfortunate that he probably won’t get the nod from the fans from the sheer fact that he plays in Tampa for the reasons of 1) they are just downright awful year in and year out and 2) they never get any media coverage because of the previous point.
    My vote is still going to be for Youk, mainly for my hometown bias (gotta stick with my homeboy) but also the fact that he is putting up a gold glove type year at first and as of june 26th had broken the club’s 86 year record for consecutive errorless games played at first (122 games and counting at this point)
    i do home jim leyland can see to it to at least get pena on that team.
    even if every team didn’t need to be represented he deserves to be there.

  • 8. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  June 30, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Thanks brother! You also can’t go wrong with Youk. He hits for AVG, walks, scores runs, plays stellar defense. I just hope Leyland makes the right choices.

  • 9. JR  |  July 2, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    I think Carlos Pena should have been an allstar I have the pleasure of watching him every night, though we have a few skill postions here in Tampa we can make a bid on Brendan Harris (SS) avg. .309, slg .471, 8hrs, and 34rbis. We also have Akinori Iwamura at 3rd he is an above ag 3rd basemen, I think if he hadnt went on the DL (strained oblique) he would have made a serious bid.(but that doesnt mean much)JamesShields is an awseome RP started out 6-0 shouldve been 10-0 if it wasnt for our blowpen, and also Al Reyes is like 23 of 24 as a closer.The thing is we cant get to him.Anyways thats enough about the Devil Dawgs!

  • 10. MikeMcGinnis  |  July 2, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    excellent arguement made for carlos pena but, i would go with youk because i love that guy. also, it a crying shame somehow orlando cabrera isn’t on the all star team unreal.

  • 11. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 2, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    I agree with you JR. If some of those guys were on the Yanks or Sox they would be in.

    I think Shields, Pena, and even Upton should be on it with guys like Harris and Reyes just on the outside.

    Reyes is 17 out of 18 by the way.

  • 12. Eddie  |  July 5, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    Finally support for OC! i don’t understand why he isn’t on the team let alone starting. The man is doing great on offense this year and defensively i wouldn’t want any other shortstop on my team. I totally agree with you on Ordonez the guy is hitting in the 370’s… Thats AMAZING! Personally for my starter i would of gone with sabathia but haren is a mentionable name.

  • 13. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 5, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    Allright! Another person who think OC deserves to be the SS. We should’ve started a petition! He really deserves it.


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