Fantasy Baseball: The 33-Member 'Fantasy All-Star Team' for 2012

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Fantasy Baseball: The 33-Member 'Fantasy All-Star Team' for 2012
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Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, the No. 1-ranked fantasy asset during spring training, recently clinched the American League's first Triple Crown in 45 years.

The following countdown touts The Fantasy Blog's 33-member "Fantasy All-Star Team" for 2012.

For hitters, I made a conscious effort to reward those who posted superb marks in at least four categories. But there was one notable exception to that rule.

For starting pitchers, I opted for the best combination of elite stats with wins, strikeouts, ERA and WHIP—with opponents' batting average as an informal tiebreaker.

And for relief pitchers, well, four closers simply stood high above the rest.

In case you're wondering, the biggest countdown snubs include Adam Jones, Joe Mauer, Ian Desmond, Yadier Molina, Billy Butler, Aaron Hill, Paul Goldschmidt, Albert Pujols, Freddie Freeman, Jose Reyes, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan ZimmermanChris Davis, Austin JacksonAlex Gordon, Josh ReddickKyle Lohse, Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer.

There's also James Shields, Matt KempCC Sabathia, Madison BumgarnerStarlin CastroMat Latos, Jason Motte, Rafael Soriano, Mark Trumbo, Joey Votto, Carlos Beltran, B.J. Upton, Justin Upton, Yoenis CespedesJosh Willingham, Miguel Montero, Jonathan Papelbon, Joe Nathan, Adam Dunn, Michael Bourn and David Wright.

On a personal note, it broke my heart to proceed without Carlos Gonzalez and Giancarlo Stanton. But hey, you can only squeeze 70-plus players into 33 slots so many ways.

Enjoy the show!

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