There are a number of awards given out in baseball, but the Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Game is one of toughest to win.
First, it is an honor just to be selected to the team. Unlike the World Series MVP, there is no chance of someone winning that is not at least having a good season.
In addition, there is only one game for players to prove their worth. Sometimes it is only one or two at-bats. The best player in the world can go hitless, while someone who barely makes the team hits a big home run.
This award is a mark of performing the best in a battle of the top players in the majors. With an entire roster full of top players, these men have the best chance of taking home the prestigious award.
Players have been hot and cold throughout the year, but Joey Votto has stayed consistent as the best pure hitter in baseball this season.
The former NL MVP leads the majors in OPS and has eight more doubles than anyone else in baseball. When he gets in the box, he simply is locked in.
Without much depth at first base for the National League, do not be surprised if Votto does not come out of the game for a long time.
One big play could be enough to decide a close game like this, and Bautista has the ability to change games with one swing of the bat.
Josh Hamilton had built what seemed like an insurmountable lead for the home run crown, but Joey Bats has come storming back to tie him at the All-Star break with 27.
While his batting average is worse than it has been in recent years, one long ball could get him the MVP.
Although he is not starting, manager Tony La Russa will get McCutchen into the game. At that point, even the best pitchers in the league need to watch out.
No one in the majors has been hotter than the young outfielder. McCutchen is batting .517 in July and has been batting over .370 for the past few months.
With these numbers and his .400 batting average with runners in scoring position, the Pirate is certain to make an impact on Tuesday.
If we learned anything from Robinson Cano's debacle at the Home Run Derby, it is that fans in Kansas City are capable of affecting the players.
Billy Butler is the lone representative for the home team. When he inevitably gets up to the plate, he will have the entire stadium behind him.
Once again, it sometimes only takes one hit to earn an MVP award. Butler is more than capable of coming through in the clutch in a pinch hitting scenario. He already has one pinch-hit home run this season.
Among long shots to win the coveted award, Butler might be the best choice.
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