Yesterday, I picked my 2009 National League All Star team. So today, I will pick my 2009 American League All Star team.
Like yesterday, I will follow the same rules that American League manager, Joe Maddon has to follow. I will pick 33 players and each team in the American League has to have a representative.
C. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
1B. Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins
2B. Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers
SS. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
3B. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
OF. Jason Bay, Boston Red Sox
OF. Torii Hunter, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
OF. Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners
SP. Zack Greinke, Kansas City Royals
Much like the National League, there were six positions set and three up for debate. At first base you can debate that Kevin Youkilis or Mark Teixeira could start for the AL. But if you look at the stats, Morneau is having a better all around year than both Youkilis and Teixeira.
At second base, I choose Ian Kinsler of Aaron Hill based on Kinlser having more HR’s, RBI and SB’s than Hill. Hill wasn’t too far behind in the HR and RBI category and is batting almost 40 points higher than Kinsler.
You could make the case for Zack Greinke, Roy Halladay or Justin Verlander to be the starting pitcher for the American League. I choose Greinke because of his almost record breaking April and he still leads the AL in ERA.
Reserves – Pitchers
Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays
Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
Edwin Jackson, Detroit Tigers
Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Kevin Millwood, Texas Rangers
Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox
Jonathon Papelbon, Boston Red Sox
Joe Nathan, Minnesota Twins
Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
Scott Downs, Toronto Blue Jays
Andrew Bailey, Oakland A’s
Picking the reserve pitchers in the AL was not an easy task. The most glaring omissions were Cliff Lee (2.88 ERA), Erik Bedard (2.47 ERA), and Brian Fuentes (leads AL in saves with 17).
The A’s needed a representative, which knocked Lee out of the game.
I also would have loved to put Frank Francisco and his 0.47 ERA on the team, but he has not pitched in about a month and is currently on the DL.
Reserves – Position Players
C. Victor Martinez, Cleveland Indians
C. AJ Pierzynski, Chicago White Sox
1B. Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox
1B. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
2B. Aaron Hill, Toronto Blue Jays
SS. Jason Bartlett, Tampa Bay Rays
3B. Brandon Inge, Detroit Tigers
3B. Michael Young, Texas Rangers
UTIL. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
OF. Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers
OF. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
OF. Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Rays
If picking the reserve pitchers was not an easy task, then picking the reserve position players was an impossible task. I really don’t envy Joe Maddon.
I had to leave off stars like Miguel Cabrera, Adam Lind, Dustin Pedroia, Nick Markakis, Johnny Damon, Russell Branyan and Chone Figgins. All of those players have a legitimate case to be on this team.
Here is the player breakdown by team:
4. Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers
3. Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers
2. Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Seattle Mariners
1. Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, Oakland A’s
What do you think of this team? Anyone I left off you feel should be on this team?
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