The wait is almost over. Major League Baseball will make it official this morning when the starters and reserves are unveiled for next week's All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Online fan voting ended late Thursday night and entering the final week of balloting, a record 18.5 million ballots and 250 million total votes already had been cast. Rosters for both leagues were announced live at 11 a.m. on the All-Star Selection Show on TBS.
Before watching the All-Star Selection Show, I would like to make my picks public. For each league I have chosen the eight position players, a designated hitter, a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher. Please note that finding a deserving third baseman for the National League was next to impossible.
C – Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers
1B – Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox
2B – Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
3B – Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
SS – Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians
OF – Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees
OF – Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
OF – Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox
DH – Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox
SP – Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
RP – Brandon League, Seattle Mariners
C – Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
1B – Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers
2B – Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers
3B – Ty Wiggington, Colorado Rockies
SS – Jose Reyes, New York Mets
OF – Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
OF – Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
OF – Carlos Gonzales, Colorado Rockies
DH – Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
SP – Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies
RF – Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves
I know, three Brewers. Call me a homer if you like, but those are my All Star squads. I have not yet chosen my reserves; I will do so later in the week.
I don’t know if each team will get a representative, I don’t like that rule. However, with that being said, I am willing to listen to Cub fans as to who they feel should represent the northside of Chicago. Please be realistic.
Make sure you vote on the Greatest Sports Franchise in my poll. Until next time…from the booth.