My 2012 MLB All-Star Ballot

Voting for the 2012 MLB All-Star game ends this Thursday, June 28th so you only have 2 more days to vote up to 25 times (per e-mail address).  I’m just an old fashioned guy so I only vote the once, as close to the deadline as I can.  Here’s who I’ve got for the American and National League starters for the All-Star Game:

1B

American League – Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox – Konerko is having one of his best seasons at age 36.  He’s hitting .337 which leads all qualifying AL first basemen by .034 points.  He also leads all qualifying 1B with 13 home runs and trails only Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, and Mark Teixera in RBI.

Reds 1B Joey Votto

National League – Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds – This one is a no-brainer.  Votto is hitting .335 with 14 home runs and 47 RBI.  He leads all qualifying National League first basemen in each of those categories as well as runs which he’s scored 48.  He’s probably the M.V.P. of the National League for the 1st half of the season

2B

American League – Robinson Cano, New York Yankees – Cano might be having his best season yet.  He’s leading all qualifying AL second basemen with a .302 batting average and 17 home runs.  Only Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis’ 42 RBI are more than Cano’s 39 among AL 2B.

Yankees 2B Robinson Cano

National League – Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds – Phillips makes it 2-for-2 for the Reds in my NL infield.  His .284 batting average is 4th among qualifying NL 2B.  His 10 home runs are tied for 2nd behind Atlanta’s Dan Uggla.  He leads all qualifying National league 2B with 45 RBI.  He’s among the best defensive second basemen in MLB.

SS

American League – Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers – It’s tough to go against Derek Jeter here but he has cooled down a bit.  Andrus only has 1 home run but he is only .004 behind Jeter with a .300 batting average.  His 44 runs scored and 13 stolen bases lead all qualifying AL SS and only Mike Aviles, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Alexei Ramirez have more RBI among AL SS.

Cubs SS Starlin Castro

National League – Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs – Castro is the lone bright spot in the dismal Cubs 2012 season.  He leads all qualifying NL SS in batting average (.301) and RBI (39).  He is 4th in runs scored with 39 and 2nd in stolen bases with 16.

3B

American League – Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers – I was tempted to go with Angels’ youngster Mark Trumbo here but I guess experience won out.  Only Trumbo and Adrian Beltre have a higher average among AL 3B than Cabrera’s .307.  His 15 home runs is 2 less than Trumbo’s 17 and he leads all qualifying 3B with 59 RBI which is ten more than Trumbo, the next guy on the list.

Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera

National League – David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals – Freese has quietly followed up last year’s World Series M.V.P. with an all-star caliber 1st half.  His .281 batting average is 4th among qualifying NL 3B and his 13 home runs and 46 RBi lead all qualifying NL 3B

C

American League – Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Boston Red Sox – I went with the home town tie-breaker here.  Salty is close with A.J. Pierzynski and Mike Napoli.  His 13 home runs leads all qualifying AL C and his 34 RBI are 3rd behind Pierzynski and J.P. Arencibia.  His .254 batting average is 3rd behind Joe Mauer and Pierzynski.

Cardinals C Yadier Molina

National League – Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals – Yady is having another monster season in St. Louis.  He’s 2nd among qualifying NL C with a .319 average.  He leads all NL C with 11 home runs and his second behind Arizona’s Miguel Montero with 41 RBI.  No one is better at throwing runners out at 2nd.

DH

American League – David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox – This is the biggest no-brainer since Votto.  Only Andy Dirks has a higher batting average among qualifying AL DH than Papi’s .304.  He is 3rd among AL DH with his 20 home runs and 2nd in RBI with his 52.  Adam Dunn leads Papi in both HR and RBI but Ortiz has an average almost a full hundred points higher.

Red Sox DH David Ortiz

OF

American League – Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue JaysJosh Hamilton, Texas RangersAdam Jones, Baltimore Orioles – Hamilton leads everyone in RBI with 66.  He also has 23 home runs and a .318 batting average.  Bautista leads the AL in home runs with 24.  He also has 57 RBI, 2nd among qualifying AL OF behind Hamilton.  Adam Jones boasts a .300 average, 19 home runs and 40 RBI for the contending Orioles.  He is also the best fielder of the bunch and one of the best defensive CF in the league.

Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran

National League – Carlos Beltran, St. Louis CardinalsRyan Braun, Milwaukee BrewersCarlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies – Beltran is having a nice season replacing Pujols in St. Louis.  He’s batting .313 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI.  Braun, the reigning National league M.V.P., hasn’t missed a beat after winning the appeal to overturn his 50 game suspension.  He’s hitting .314 with 20 home runs and 52 RBI.  The 20 home runs apiece for Beltran and Braun ties them for the lead among qualifying NL OF.  CarGo is hitting .327 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI for the Rockies.

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30 year old sports enthusiast and aspiring writer from Boston.

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