With the 2012 MLB All-Star Game just under a month away, it’s time to start analyzing who’ll be making their way to Kansas City for the Midsummer Classic and who’ll end up staying home and getting an extra few days of rest.
Since 2003, when Major League Baseball decided to award the All-Star Game winner home-field advantage in the World Series, the showcase of the best players in the game has sparked plenty of debate. Whether it should count or not is a debate for a later day, though.
Today, I ask which players deserve to play in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. Major League Baseball tries to settle this question by asking fans to vote for their favorite players. Through a few weeks of fan voting, here are the leaders for the American League and the National League.
I’ve decided to take a different approach to determine who represents their team and league. I polled Bleacher Report’s MLB featured columnist community, asking them who they think should go to the All-Star Game. The ballot that they filled out was identical to the one that everyone can fill out on MLB.com.
A total of 46 B/R FCs completed my ballot and I’m happy to share the results with you. Each starter has analysis from not only me, but a MLB FC that voted for that specific player as well.
Without further ado, here are B/R’s starters for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.
*All statistics are as of June 16*
**Note that the official ballot does not include a National League DH, who will be determined by NL manager Tony La Russa**