2009 MLB All-Star Game

Early AL All-Star Team Line-up Pridictions:

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 10:  Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox safely steals second base past infielder Jason Bartlett #8 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the eighth inning of game one of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs at Tropicana Field on October 10, 2008 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Shanan H.Analyst IMarch 21, 2009

Who's going to be an all-star this year?

Just making some early All-Star predictions. 

Remember, the rules call for each team to consist of 32 players, and at least one from each of the teams in the league.


C:  Joe Mauer, Twins;  Best catcher in the AL, he'll make it. 

1B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers; Barely better than Papi, but either might be used.

2B: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sucks;  Did I type Red Sucks?  Oops!  Best 2nd Baseman in the league.

3B: Alex Rodriguez, Yankees;  Top HR hitter?  No question, he's in.

SS:  Derek Jeter, Yankees;  This may be one of his last years, but he is still the top shortstop in the AL.

LF: Grady Sizemore, Indians;  After a breakout season, I expect him in.

CF: Ichiro, Mariners;  They need a lead-off hitter!

RF: Vladimir Guerrero, Angels;  Maybe his last year, and Hammi may be in this spot.

Backups: David Ortiz, Red Sox;  If there was a DH, he'd be in: 

Kevin Youk; One of the best first basemen in the league, he may earn a starting job, Red Sox: 

Magglio Ordonez, Tigers:  His last year in the All-Stars, but he'll still put up big numbers. 

Mark Teixeira, Yankees:  Great ballplayer, and a great back-up. 

Justin Morneau, Twins:  Don't forget; 2006 MVP! 

Ian Kinsler, Rangers:  Versatile back-up. 

Josh Hamilton, Rangers:  May earn a starting job. 

Carlos Quentin, White Sox:  Could compete for starting job.  If he does well, the AL will do well. 

B.J. Upton, Rays:  Love the kid's arm, good hitting. 

Matt Holliday, A's:  Expect his numbers to dip, barely earning this spot.


SP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners:  Don't be surprised to hear this name tossed around for the Cy Young.  Expect a break-out year, and the starting job at the All-star game.

SP:  Cliff Lee, Indians:  Won't be as good as last year, but a great player.

SP: C.C. Sabathia, Yankees:  Ace of the Yankees.

SP:  Chien-Ming Wang, Yankees:  In my humble opinion, he's still the Yankees best pitcher.

SP:  Jon Lester, Red Sox:  My favorite Red Sox player.

SP: Roy Halladay, Blue Jays:  Great pitcher.

SP: John Lackey, Angels:  Don't expect him to pitch, but he is the ace of a strong team.

SP: Scott Kazmir, Rays:  Might see him play.

RP: Dan Wheeler, Rays:  Look for him to break out.

RP: Kerry Wood, Indians:  Give him a spot!

RP:  George Sherill, O's:  Great lefty.

RP: Jonathon Paplebon, Red Sox:  Totally overrated, yet dominate and overrated enough to get here.

RP: Mariano Rivera, Yankees:  Best closer ever gets yet another nomination.

RP: Joakim Soria, Royals: Most Underrated closer in the league.

Manager, Joe Maddon:  How will he handle this?  Very well!  Great, great manager. 

An NL prediction will follow. 

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