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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