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From The Stretch: AL All-Star Picks
Posted By Connor Callaghan On Jun 15 2012 @ 7:45 pm In MLB | 2 Comments
Considering how close we’re getting to the 2012 All-Star game, I figured it was time to make a case for all those I’m picking to represent the American League(National League will come later). Let’s just jump right in:
Catcher, Mike Napoli, Rangers: Other than Joe Mauer’s ability to hit for contact, no one behind the plate is more productive at the plate than Napoli. Runner up, Joe Mauer, Twins.
Designated Hitter, David Ortiz, Red Sox: All he can really do is hit, but once he’s on base, they got to take him out. Runner up, Michael Young, Rangers.
First Base, Paul Konerko, White Sox: As of this morning he’s got the highest AVG in baseball at .364, oh yeah and he’s 36. Runner up, Prince Fielder, Tigers.
Second Base, Robinson Cano, Yankees: This was a tough one between Cano and Kinsler, but ultimately Cano does more for the Yankees as a power hitter than Kinsler does as a lead-off man for the Rangers. Plus, Cano is the reigning Home Run Derby Champion, so he’s already a natural during the All-Star break. Runner up, Ian Kinsler, Rangers.
Shortstop, Derek Jeter, Yankees: Considering he’s practically owned the starting gig for 15 years, I don’t see anybody else in the AL’s weakest competition taking it from him. Runner up, Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians(for his fanatical defense).
Third Base, Adrian Beltre, Rangers: Since 2010 Beltre has just hit the ball harder and harder as his career goes on. He’s had more than 100 RBI in each of the past two seasons and is slowly making even Yankees fans question Alex Rodriguez’s supremacy at the position. Runner up, Miguel Cabrera, Tigers.
Left Field, Josh Hamilton, Rangers:Triple Crown Contender and leading candidate for the AL MVP.
Center Field, Adam Jones, Orioles: His athleticism and big play ability in the outfield and at the plate rivals Matt Kemp’s, and since signing that lucrative $85.5 million contract, his production hasn’t really faltered.
Right Field, Curtis Granderson, Yankees: Ever since leaving the Tigers a few years back, his regular season AVG has suffered some, but his transition to a power hitter has been off the charts. Remember what he did last year? 41 HR and 119 RBI.
Outfield runner ups: Nelson Cruz, Rangers; Jose Bautista, Blue Jays; Austin Jackson, Tigers.
Starting Pitcher, Chris Sale, White Sox: This young guy really came out of nowhere this season. He’s leading the AL in WHIP, but the biggest surprise is his 2.05 ERA. The fact that an AL pitcher is that close to a 2 flat ERA halfway through the season is amazing. He doesn’t pitch to other pitchers, he literally pitches to guys designated to only hit the ball. Other pitchers: Jered Weaver, Angels; Justin Verlander, Tigers; Jake Peavy, White Sox; C.J. Wilson, Rangers; Brandon Morrow, Blue Jays.
Closing Pitcher, Chris Perez, Indians: Leads the league in saves. Runner up, Fernando Rodney, Rays.
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