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The All-Star Game is NOT Your High School Prom!

Let’s be clear about this…the All-Star Game is not, and never should have been, a popularity contest! However, it seems the majority of fans have not yet realized this subtle little fact. Instead of voting for the best player this season, many fans can’t help but vote for big name players from seasons past. So, for those of you who don’t bother to click that handy little COMPARE STATS link on the All-Star ballot before submitting your vote, I thought it would be beneficial to point out a few names at a few positions that are worth watching. These are not the players I necessarily endorse for the All-Star Game, but they are players you should absolutely be aware of when casting your vote.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1B     Justin Morneau  (.310  AVG  –  9  HRs  –  40  RBIs)
2B     Ian Kinsler  (.294  AVG  –  7  HRs  –  32  RBIs)
3B     Alex Gordon  (.289  AVG  –  5  HRs  –  22  RBIs)
OF    Josh Hamilton  (.324  AVG  –  13 HRs  –  58  RBIs)
OF     Milton Bradley  (.327  AVG  –  8  HRs  –  31  RBIs)

NATIONAL LEAGUE

2B    Chase Utley  (.310  AVG  –  17  HRs  –  46  RBIs)
2B    Dan Uggla  (.307  AVG  –  16  HRs  –  38  RBIs)
3B    Chipper Jones  (.418  AVG  –  12  HRs  –  35  RBIs)
3B    Garrett Atkins  (.330  AVG  –  8  HRs  –  30  RBIs)
3B    Aramis Ramirez  (.302  AVG  –  9  HRs  –  37  RBIs)
C      Bengie Molina  (.339  AVG  –  6  HRs  –  36  RBIs)
C      Brian McCann  (.320  AVG  –  9  HRs  –  32  RBIs)
OF    Ryan Ludwick  (.333  AVG  –  13  HRs  –  39  RBIs)
OF     Nate McClouth  (.311  AVG  –  12  HRs  –  39  RBIs)
OF     Aaron Rowand  (.337  AVG  –  7  HRs  –  32  RBIs)

This is by no means a complete list. The truth is, many votes are going to be determined by what a fan values more (for example, HRs or AVG). This list, however, is simply meant to point out some lesser known names that may not have been noticed by all fans AND to point out a few performers that are just having undeniably great seasons (if Chipper Jones is not our Third Baseman, I may never vote again!).

Why this post? Why am I concerned? Because I’ve heard it reported that Ken Griffey Jr. is coming in at number 3 for total NL Outfielder votes. Just as a reference, Jr.’s numbers look like this:  .245  AVG  –  5  HRs  –  24  RBIs.  You’ve got to be kidding me…

This is not a popularity contest, people! Check the stats before you vote…

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