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Postby Arlo » Mon Jun 14, 2004 8:38 pm

Aaron Heilman's struggles, Ramon Hernandez' resurgence, Braden Looper's value ... you guessed it, Ryan Fay is back with more
Rants and Raves on all things baseball.

Also included in this week's column: Ryan's All-Star ballot. Jack Wilson, anybody? ;-D
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Postby KPucks » Mon Jun 14, 2004 10:42 pm

Another good article. I think that Wood would be called up before Blanton if the A's needed a spot starter in the near future, but Blanton is the A's best prospect so he gets all the publicity.
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Postby Madison » Tue Jun 15, 2004 3:10 am

Pretty good All Star list but a few that I differ about:

AL FIRST BASE
This was tough, because two deserving guys in David Ortiz and Ken Harvey have played considerable time at DH, so I don’t really count them as 1Bs. That said, I voted for Rafael Palmeiro.


Palmeiro= .270-9-34 with 29 runs.
My guy= .286-13-54 with 29 runs.

I'd vote Ortiz with Konerko as a runner up.

AL OUTFIELDERS
Vladimir Guerrero is an obvious vote, as is Manny Ramirez. Gary Sheffield beat out Jose Guillen, Vernon Wells, Carlos Beltran, and Alex Sanchez as my third man.


AL OF is tough after Vlad and Manny. Sheff's year has not been All-Star worthy in my opinion. He's got the talent to be there, but I wouldn't vote for him if we are just discussing the numbers put up.

Sheffield= .301-9-42 with 42 runs.
My guy= .323-10-33 with 48 runs and 12 steals.

My vote would go to Matt Lawton.

NL OUTFIELDERS
Barry Bonds is one, Lance Berkman is two, while Ken Griffey Jr was my third. It’s great to see Junior back in an All Star game.


While it's nice to see Junior hitting home runs, his average is downright scary.

Junior= .258-18-49 with 40 runs.
My guy= .299-14-43 with 48 runs and 12 steals.

My vote goes to Bobby Abreu.

All Star voting is tough every year, deserving people miss out due to the name recognition of other players. No matter who or what voting system is used, there will always be an uproar at some of the selections. Maybe down the road a system could be implemented to make it a little better, but for now, we are stuck with guys like Mike Young not getting the vote because everyone votes Nomar.
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Postby RFay8585 » Tue Jun 15, 2004 12:16 pm

Abreu is worthy, but Junior is the comeback player of the year. At a time when most thought he was washed up and forever going to be hurt, he's bounced back to be on pace for his best year in 4-5 years. The average should get better.
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Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Tue Jun 15, 2004 3:04 pm

Great stuff as in I and II. ;-D
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