great gretzky wrote:It's not like its the biggest snub ever, but I think Howard should have made it. One would think that defending MVP is "star" material. I guess my main beef with this is, that its factored over the first half of the season, and not the last half of the previous year. I say that, because it seems like a lot of the times "so and so is having a great year"--fair enough, but its only half of a season too. To me "star" implies some type of usual production, not a spike.
Lee has a far superior BA, but howard signficiantly bests him in HR, his run and rbi are better, as is OPS. Throw in the fact that his team is doing better in a tougher division, and he is the defending MVP, he should get the benefit of the doubt IMO.
I agree. To take it one step further, the reigning MVP and Cy Young winners should have a free pass to the All-Star game unless they are injured. If the coach of the teams are the guys who won the World Series last year, the MVP and Cy Young winners should get that honor as well.
Beltran shouldn't be there, but as someone invested in the NL winning the game, I don't know who I'd rather put in centerfield to play defense. Rowand? Yeesh. Pence maybe.
He's really not that bad of a pick this year even after his month of having an ops of like .300, if you look at him with defense statistics included. You can argue his warp3 with the deserving all stars and the snubs.
I dont have a big problem with the AL I guess, but the NL selections are a joke in many ways.
Freddy Sanchez? FREDDY SANCHEZ??? He's been barely fantasy valuable this year, when we have 5 shortstops in the NL that have been better than almost every hitter in the league. 3 of those SS arent going, which is ridiculous - at least 3 of them should be going. I'd love to see Renteria there but he's not even better than Ramirez or Rollins. I'm not even sure Hardy should be there over those, but chicks (and voters) love the long ball.
Too many freaking closers! There should only be two or threee on each roster cuz lets be honest, closers arent as important as starters. Good starters should always be considered first. Hoffman should be there, and maybe Valverde, but the rest should be starters. One inning a pitcher, what does it matter? Fuentes selection seems especially glaring now that he's lost his job, but lets remember he was selected in player voting and he's only been imploding for only the last 9 days or so. Before that he was lights out.
So take some closers out and add Maine, Young, Webb, or Gorzelanny. Gorzellany as Pit rep, then select Ramirez, Renteria, or Rollins.
All that being said, I'm taking Young in the online ballot. He's been lights out.
Not that it really matters but here are the starting lineups:
Ichiro Suzuki, cf Derek Jeter, ss David Ortiz, 1b Alex Rodriguez, 3b Vladimir Guerrero, rf Magglio Ordonez, lf Ivan Rodriguez, c Placido Polanco, 2b Dan Haren, p
Pretty much how I'd slot them but Ortiz could probably be lower in the order, and Arod should hit in the 3 hole.
Jose Reyes, ss Barry Bonds, lf Carlos Beltran, cf Ken Griffey Jr., rf David Wright, 3b Prince Fielder, 1b Russell Martin, c Chase Utley, 2b Jake Peavy, p
Interesting decision to put Bonds in the 2 hole, I kinda doubt he gets intentionally walked in the ASG though. I'd flip flop him and Beltran. I'd also go move Fielder up to clean up, move griffey and wright down a spot.