Reviewing the MLB All-Star Rosters

It’s that time of the MLB season where fans in both the American League and the National League will get to participate in the final voting to elect one last position player in the all-star game for each league.

It is also that time of the year where we debate who got snubbed of the honor of being labeled an all-star, and conversely, mention those who shouldn’t be an all-star but were given that honor.

In this article, we will go over the later of those two statements above.  My opinions on who I am voting for the final vote will come later today.

Just a few notes: I will list each player that was elected, followed by the player I voted for in parentheses.  This list will consist of only position players.  Lastly, I will only be writing about the starters in the article.

And with that, let’s get started!

First Base

  • AL: Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox (Jose Abreu)
  • NL: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves (Freddie Freeman)

Freeman was an extremely easy choice in the National League voting; he was superior to most other NL first basemen in a lot of categories, and he is a huge part of the reason why the Braves are tied for first place in the NL East heading into Monday, July 9th.

When it came down to American League first basemen, I felt that Abreu was still the best pick, despite his recent slump that has brought his average down below .260.  One thing that benefited Abreu and the White Sox was that there was not a lot of competition when it came to electing AL first basemen, so, despite his slump, Abreu looked to be in good shape heading into the final days of voting.

Second Base

  • AL: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros (Jose Altuve)
  • NL: Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs (Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati Reds)

Altuve is the best second baseman in the league. Period. There is no doubt.  I would not necessarily say he is the best player in the league, but he led the entire MLB voting with over 4.8 million votes.

The National League voting for second base was much more competitive than the AL, with Javy Baez coming from behind to take the top nomination at his position.  Baez and Gennett have a similar amount of home runs and RBIs, with Baez edging out Gennett in both.  Although Gennett has a much higher batting average than Baez, Baez is much more known for his flashy plays.  Lastly, Baez plays for a winning organization.  Both of these players could easily start for the National League, as Javy Baez will be the starter, while Scooter Gennett will be a reserve.

Third Base

  • AL: Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians (Jose Ramirez)
  • NL: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies (Nolan Arenado)

I felt the fans made the right choice for both Ramirez and Arenado here.

Players like Eugenio Suarez, Brian Anderson, Kris Bryant, and Anthony Rendon were all solid third basemen in the NL, but Arenado won the vote.  Suarez would have been a really good pick by the fans, too, as he leads all third basemen in RBIs and batting average (Suarez has the most RBIs in the entire NL, too).

In the junior circuit, Alex Bregman and Matt Duffy would have been solid picks, but Jose Ramirez brought the best combination of power and overall hitting among AL third basemen.

Suarez and Bregman will be reserves for the NL and the AL respectively.

Shortstop

  • AL: Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles (Jean Segura, Seattle Mariners)
  • NL: Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants (Brandon Crawford)

Starting with the American League, I know I really stretched my pick of Jean Segura to represent the AL at the starting shortstop position.  Although Segura has a batting average that is 17 points higher than Machado (entering Monday), Machado has 14 more homers and 13 more RBIs than the Seattle shortstop.  Segura is a candidate for the final voting in the American Leaue.

Brandon Crawford has the best batting average among National League shortstops.  Trevor Story would have been a solid pick as well, as Story owns a .284 batting average with 17 homers and 62 RBIs.  Story will be an NL reserve.

Catcher

  • AL: Wilson Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays (Wilson Ramos)
  • NL: Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs (JT Realmuto, Miami Marlins)

Ramos was the most solid hitter in the American League, with a solid .289 batting average.  Ramos is tied for having the third most homers and has the second most runs driven in among AL catchers.

I just do not understand the National League selection; Contreras is a solid player, don’t get me wrong. But to say he has been better than JT Realmuto is confusing, considering Realmuto has more homers, doubles, runs, hits, and RBIs than Contrares.  Realmuto also has a higher batting average, OPS, SLG, OBP, and WAR than the Cubs backstop.  The one aspect Contrares has on Realmuto is the fatct that he is on a competitive  Realmuto will be a reserve for the senior circuit.

Designated Hitter

  • JD Martinez, Boston Red Sox (JD Martinez)

Martinez has been a solid slugger for Boston so far this year.  He leads the entire league in home runs and RBIs, while also leading designated hitters in batting average.  If it weren’t for Jose Altuve and Jean Segura, Martinez could easily be competing for the American League Triple Crown.

There is not a DH position in the National League.  LA Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will choose a player on his roster to be the NL designated hitter for the all-star game.

Outfield

  • AL: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox; Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels; Aaron Judge, New York Yankees(Betts, Trout, Eddie Rosario, Minnesota Twins)
  • NL: Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers; Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves; Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals; (Kemp, Markakis, Obduel Herrera, Philadelphia Phillies)

Aaron Judge was a good selection, even though I did not vote for him.  He has solid power numbers that includes 25 homers, just two shy of JD Martinez for tying the league lead.  His .280 batting average is also really solid.  Eddie Rosario of the Minnesota Twins has a better batting averag than Judge, but he doesn’t quite have the power numbers.  Trout and Betts were also no-brainers, too.

In the NL, Harper is the perfect example of a big-name player undeservedly getting voted into a starting position. Although he has a solid 21 long balls and 50 RBIs, his .218 batting average is awful.  The saving grace in that department is that he leads all NL outfielders in walks drawn.  Harper is only behind Mike Trout among all outfieldrs in walks.  Herrera is not the greatest player, but I believe he is overall a better third starting outfielder for the NL than Harper. Kemp and Markakis are solid picks.

 

So what do you guys think? Comment all of the snubs you think should be starting!

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