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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Who gets YOUR Final Vote???

Well, earlier today was MLB All-Star Selection show on TBS, which means that All-Star voting is offcially closed. Wait a second...There still is one more spot on both the AL, and NL rosters. The last spot will go to one of five players nominated, and you as fans can vote for that one last All-Star. So, I ask you; Who will YOU vote for???

If it helps any, here are the nominated Players, and who I will be voting for...

American League (stats as of yesterday):

Jermaine Dye, CWS OF- .308 BA, 19 HR's, 52 RBI's, 3 SB in 312 at bats

Jose Guillen, KC OF- .274 BA, 13 HR's, 64 RBI's, 1 SB in 343 at bats

Jason Giambi, NYY 1B- .259 BA, 18 HR's, 53 RBI's, 2 SB in 243 at bats

Brian Roberts, BAL 2B- .293 BA, 6 HR's, 31 RBI's, 22 SB in 334 at bats

Evan Longoria, TB 3B- .281 BA, 15 HR's, 50 RBI's, 6 SB in 278 at bats

My Pick: Evan Longoria

Longoria has had a monster first half, totally exceeding any, and all expectations the Rays had when they called him up. Evan is part of the reason the Rays have the best record in Baseball, at 55-32. (and an astonishing 36-13 home record). Evan certainly gets my vote, he is very deserving of his first ever Big League All-Star appearance.

National League (stats as of yesterday):

Pat Burrell, PHI OF- .278 BA, 21 HR's, 53 RBI's, 0 SB in 284 at bats

Corey Hart, MIL OF- .294 BA, 14 HR's, 53 RBI's, 12 SB in 330 at bats

Carlos Lee, HOU OF- .293 BA, 19 HR's, 66 RBI's, 4 SB in 328 at bats

Aaron Rowand, SF OF- .303 BA, 8 HR's, 47 RBI's, 1 SB in 304 at bats

David Wright, NYM 3B- .288 BA, 16 HR's, 66 RBI's, 9 SB in 333 at bats

My Pick: Pat "The Bat" Burrell

Pat's bat certainly has shut up his critics so far this season with his 21 round-trippers (sixth most in the NL). He has hit those 21 homers in just 284 at bats with Philadelphia in the first half this year. Pat's bat may have finally landed him an All-Star selection.

My only beef on this year's rosters is with the AL's...Why the hell is Derek Jeter still a starter on the AL roster. His All-Star days should be about over. His numbers are in no way up to par with Michael Young's. Young is hitting .292 in 356 at bats, while DJ is ten points lower in just 323 at bats. Young also has three more homers, and ten more RBI's than Jeter, while their baserunning skills are about even (just five stolen bases each).

I am glad Young made the team. But, I just feel he deserves the chance to experience the game as the starter, he certainly deserves it.

That's all I've got...
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