The all-star teams

I really wanted to take the summer off from writing but when I saw the all star rosters for the 2011 baseball season I just had to write about all the stupid fans that once again prove to vote for a players name and not there productivity for the season. Let’s start off with the A.L. starters: at catcher is Alex Avila, first base is Adrian Gonzalez, 2B is Robinson Cano, 3B is A-Rod, SS is Derek Jeter, the DH is David Ortiz, and the three outfielders are Jose Bautista, Curtis Granderson, and Josh Hamilton. The starting catcher was a bit of a a surprise to me but a good one. I really thought the fans would vote a big time named catcher for the starter but they actually didn’t this time. This catcher for Detroit is truly the best catcher in the American League right now and he deserved his starting spot. Now I’ll skip over the obvious good choices by the fans which is Cano, A-Rod, Gonzalez, and Bautista for starting. But what the hell is Derek Jeter starting at short stop for?! What kind of people were voting for him, I mean have they seen his stats this year? I’ll just throw five different players stats out there for you guys in the five major categories in baseball to be an all star at your position. First guy: .291 average, 14 home runs, 49 runs batted in (RBIs), 12 stolen bases, and 53 runs. Second guy: .275 average, 8 home runs, 38 RBIs, 3 stolen bases, and 49 runs. Third guy: .278 average, 3 home runs, 30 RBIs, 25 stolen bases, and 49 runs. Fourth guy (has only played in 54 games): .295 average, 11 home runs, 30 RBIs, 0 stolen bases, and 31 runs. Now Derek Jeter’s stats (fifth guy): .260 average, 2 home runs, 20 RBIs, 7 stolen bases, and 39 runs. Instead of having these four short stops that are better than Jeter right now starting for us we have an old washed up SS who is hitting .260. I mean J.J. Hardy, Alexei Ramirez, and Alvis Andrus aren’t even going to the all star game and they all beat Jeter in average, home runs, and RBIs. In fact Andrus has better numbers in every single category and as for Asdrubel Cabrera, who is the best short stop out there, is sitting on the bench to start the all star game because of stupid Yankee fans. I thought Yankee fans were suppose to be the hardest on there players and expect the best, I mean they boo them off the field, but when it comes down to it they will vote for them even if they are hitting .260 and haven’t been very productive. As a baseball fan I expect the best players out there in the all star game and I don’t want to be seeing a 37 year old SS cringe when he throws out his back throwing to first or not running an infield ground ball out all the way to beat the throw. I want to be excited in the all star game and I can’t do this when the younger healthy better players aren’t out there or are on the bench. Other than that the starting line up looks good and so do the bench players except for having two catchers on the bench. The only real other problem is the fans really need to vote for Paul Konerko for the last vote because he is putting up all star numbers once again and is being under recognized for it AGAIN. On another note I am very happy for Michael Cuddyer in making the all star team and also happy for David Ortiz who has been awesome this season, both deserve to be all stars this year.
Now for the National League I have one big complaint again. Here’s the starting line up: at catcher is Brain MaCann, 1B is Prince Fielder, 2B is Rickie Weeks, SS is Jose Reyes, 3B is Placido Polanco, and the outfielders are Lance Berkman, Ryan Braun, and Matt Kemp. The big problem I have is both of the guys at third base. Now I do believe that Polanco should be in the all star game because he does have the top three numbers for third baseman in the National league this year but he is not the best at his position. What really bothers me is Chipper Jones making the all star game. Here we have another washed up old player making it because the stupid fans look at his name and not his stats and productivity for his team this season. Chipper is hitting under .260 with only 7 home runs and has already struck out 47 times this season matching last years total in about 30 less games. I wouldn’t have a problem with Chipper making it if he actually was putting up the numbers and being productive. Also Polanco should be on the bench not starting, but because he plays for the Phillies he is the starter. He has a respectable average at .277 with 4 home runs from a non power guy but it is nothing compared to a third baseman that is going to be watching the all star game from home. Aramis Ramirez for the Chicago Cubs is not in the all star game, how could this happen? He plays for the Cubies, the most supposed loyal fans in the National League and they don’t even get there guy voted in when he actually deserves it. I mean these fans have gotten sucky players into the all star game before by voting so many times and when they actually have the best third base man on there team in the National league they can’t get him voted in? What is wrong with you fans. He has a .293 average, 12 homers, and 44 RBIs. Both of the third baseman that made it to the all star game have worse numbers than that, by a lot might I add. So the reason why I came out of this break it to tell the fans, once again, they need to look at the stats and get it right. I hope you fans get the final player right for each team, here’s a hint to who to vote for Paul Konerko for the A.L. and Andre Either or Michael Morse for the N.L.. Hope it is not to difficult to tell the difference between Konerko and Zobrist or Either and Victorino while voting.

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