It’s that time of year. Pleas to vote players onto the MLB All-Star Teams are everywhere you look. Twitter hashtags and image campaigns rule the baseball Internet community as everyone tries to make sure their favorites make the cut.
There is still plenty of time for players to show us why they deserve to play for their league, but what would happen if we were to select an All-Star Team right now? Say, for the NL Central? And what if it was based on batting average and run production?
I’ve made an attempt to set aside the temptation to vote for star quality and selected an NL Central All-Star Team based on who I see as the most valuable player in every position. Of course, I did abide by the “must have one player from every team” rule. And due to the uncertainty of injury, I counted out any player currently on the DL.
The results may surprise you. Read on to find out who might be All-Star front runners in the coming month!
*All statistics are current on baseball-reference.com as of May 16, 2013*