My 2012 AL All- Star Roster
The MLB All-Star break is fast approaching signaling the end of the first half and the All-Star game. Like it or not the All-Star game is important as the winning league gets home field advantage for the World Series. Unfortunately we don’t always get the best choices as sometimes it turns into a popularity contest. I will reveal my All-Star game rosters over the next two days starting with the AL today.
C- Joe Mauer- Twins: Mauer has not regained the power he had in his previous years but has been far and away the best AL catcher this year. Mauer is hitting .321, with 3 HR’s, 31 RBI, and a .848 OPS. His lineup protection and his stadium do him no favors either.
1B- Paul Konerko- White Sox: It was very close race between Konerko and Prince Fielder. Konerko won out in the end because his OPS is almost 100 points better. Konerko is hitting .332, with 13 HR’s, 39 RBI, and a .958 OPS. Konerko has led his White Sox into a surprise lead in the AL Central.
2B- Robinson Cano- Yankees: Cano is the first Yankee to make the team in a run away. Cano’s stats compared to the other 2B are astounding. His .307 avg is 27 points higher than any other AL 2B. His 18 HR’s are 7 more than any other AL 2B. Last but not least his .950 OPS is 151 points higher than anybody else’s.
SS- Derek Jeter- Yankees: Jeter has fallen off of late but still leads theALin hits. He is hitting .304 on the year, with 7 HR’s, 25 RBI, and a .760 OPS.
3B- Miguel Cabrera- Tigers: This was the closest race out of nay position between Miggy, Adrian Beltre, and Mark Trumbo. Trumbo hasn’t played in as many games as the other 2 so that dropped him out. Cabrera gets the edge over Beltre because of less protection, a tougher park, and slightly better numbers. Cabrera is hitting .312 this year, with 16 HR’s, 62 RBI, and a .912 OPS.
OF- Josh Hamilton- Rangers: The biggest no brainier out there doesn’t need much explaining. Hamilton is hitting .312 this year, with 24 HR’s, 67 RBI, and an astounding 1.022 OPS. That says it all.
OF- Jose Bautista- Blue Jays: Bautista may only be hitting .237 this year but that certainly does not tell the whole story. Bautista has the most walks among AL outfielders which helps make up for that average. The fact that he has 26 HR’s, 61 RBI, and a .906 OPS this year helps to.
OF- Josh Willingham- Twins: Stunningly the team with the worst record in theALhas 2 All-Star starters. Willingham has put up great numbers in a really tough park. Willingham is hitting .272 on the year, with 15 HR, 49 RBI, and a .920 OPS. He would be a great trade target for teams.
DH- David Ortiz- Red Sox: Big Papi has put up yet another stellar season forBoston. Ortiz hit .309, with 21 HR, 53 RBI, and a 1.028 OPS. He has helped Boston overcome a number of injuries to keep them in contention.
SP- Chris Sale- White Sox: This would be a selection nobody would have guessed at the beginning of the season.Sale has been absolutely dominant for the White Sox this year going 9-2, with a 2.27 ERA, a .96 WHIP, and 8.9 K/9
C- A.J. Pierzynski- White Sox: .272/ 12 HR’s/42 RBI/.816 OPS
1B- Prince Fielder- Tigers: .300/12 HR’s/50 RBI/.869 OPS
1B- Billy Butler- Royals: .296/15 HR’s/46 RBI/ .868 OPS
2B- Ian Kinsler- Rangers: .280/9 HR’s/38 RBI/ .799 OPS
SS- Asdrubal Cabrera- Indians: .291/10 HR’s/37 RBI/.853 OPS
3B- Mark Trumbo- Angels: .315/19 HR’s/53 RBI/.992 OPS
3B- Adrian Beltre- Rangers: .330/13 HR/51 RBI/.895 OPS
OF- Mike Trout- Angels: .345/ 8 HR’s/32 RBI/.944 OPS
OF- Adam Jones- Orioles: .295/19 HR’s/41 RBI/.891 OPS
OF- Josh Reddick- A’s: .260/18 HR’s/39 RBI/.855 OPS
DH- Edwin Encarnacion- Blue Jays: .285/22 HR’s/54 RBI
P- Jered Weaver- Angels: 8-1/2.31 ERA/.91 WHIP/7.3 K/9
P- C.J. Wilson- Angels: 9-4/2.36 ERA/1.14 WHIP/7.3 K/9
P- Justin Verlander- Tigers: 8-4/2.52 ERA/.97 WHIP/10.3 K/9
P- David Price- Rays: 10-4/2.95 ERA/1.25 WHIP/8.3 K/9
P- Jake Peavy- White Sox: 6-4/2.84 ERA/.99 WHIP. 7.7 K/9
P- Felix Hernandez- Mariners: 6-5/3.09 ERA/1.22 WHIP/ 9.3 K/9
P- Jim Johnson- Orioles: 22 Saves/1.07 ERA/.74 WHIP/5.6 K/9
P- Chris Perez- Indians: 23 Saves/2.54 ERA/.99 WHIP/8.9 K/9
P- Fernando Rodney- Rays: 21 Saves/1.07 ERA/.77 WHIP/8.8 K/9
P- Rafael Soriano- Yankees: 17 Saves/1.88 ERA/1.47 WHIP/8.2 K/9
P-Ernesto Frieri- Angels: 10 Saves/0.00 ERA/.90 WHIP/15.4 K/9
The Angels led all teams with 5 All-Star’s even though they are all reserves. The White Sox were 2nd with 4 and the Yankees, Rangers, and Tigers all had 3. The Yankees would have had 4 but Josh Reddick had to be selected over Curtis Granderson because every team is required to be represented, which is a ridiculous move. This is a highly debatable subject so please leave your thoughts in the comments and tell me what you would have done differently.