Wednesday, July 9, 2008

My 2008 All-Star selections

My 2008 All-Star selections

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* Everyone has his own All-Star strengthens, and mine is with the current process
* No "field" takes here, and my team has representatives from all positions
* My also reflect the trend to enhance the original teams, young players

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Everyone has a gripe about All-Star files. Jermaine Dye was snubbed. The American League has too many relievers. Miguel Tejada and Jason Varitek are not deserving All-Stars. The fans vote is a vote of popularity. The players vote on reputation. OK, fine, but when was the last time you heard people raise any nature whatsoever about stench of the equivalent All-Star rosters for the NFL, NBA or NHL? People care about the baseball All-Star Game like no other, and adding to World Series HOMEFIELD advantage on the line gave an injection of relevance. Thus, the carping continue.

My All-Star is the beef with the process, not the file, which, like the NCAA tournament basketball, can never get out cleanly because of requirements to be fulfilled. Why not the All-Star teams have a field left, center and right defensive defensive, which happen to be positions, rather than generic "outfielders?" Too bad for Nate McLouth Pittsburgh. It was the best defensive center in the Netherlands this season, but it does not start because the fans voted two leftfielders (Ryan Braun and Alfonso Soriano) and a right defensive (Kosuke Fukudome, who appeared in a half-dozen Game center).

You do not assign a player's position "field" on a range of card, so I will not do it here with my 2008 All-Star choice. Coincidence or not, when I filled my team this way, none of the six outfielders voted to start the game made the cut.

My also reflect the trend to enhance the original teams, young players. Twelve of the 21 peaks have only played for their organization. Eleven of the 16 position players (I am excluding the DH here) are in their 20s. Only two players are aged over 32.

My team has one thing in common with reality, if: Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will look at home. This is only the third All-Star Game since 1990 without obligations or to be selected Clemens (1999 and 2006 being the other), but the first of these 18 years during which they became symbols of an era that baseball is trying to leave behind.

Here, real position by position, are my All-Stars.

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