Assembling the Most Well Balanced Starting All-Star Lineups for Both Leagues

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Assembling the Most Well Balanced Starting All-Star Lineups for Both Leagues
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Mr. Met excited about Citi Field being the official home of the 2013 All-Star game festivites.

There’s only a couple of ways to officially vote for the All-Star game’s starters, but certainly no shortage of evaluation techniques that could go into the thought process for making the picks.

For example, if you’re a die-hard New York Mets fan, there’s a good chance you possess a slight hometown bias. While casting a vote for star third baseman David Wright is within reason, perhaps writing-in back-up catcher Anthony Recker isn’t.

And on the other end of the spectrum, how can one truly choose between Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants and Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals? Surely, they both deserve the nod.

Yet, there has to be some method to the madness. If viewers truly want to watch the best matchup possible, you can’t pick all Mets or all sluggers—believe it or not, but non-Mets players and slick-fielding catchers help win games too.

Below is an attempt to field the most well balanced All-Star lineups for both the American League and the National League.

All statistics (through 6/16/13 games) courtesy of Baseball Reference, Fan Graphs, and Cot's Baseball Contracts.

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