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You might not be able to see it with his helmet on, but Joe Mauer's hair is super silky smooth.
AMERICAN LEAGUE: JOE MAUER (C)
Joe Mauer might be a hair model for Head & Shoulders, but luckily for his street cred, he’s also the American League’s best catcher.
Carlos Santana, Mauer’s main competition, is exhibiting more pop (his .203 ISO vs. Mauer’s .153 ISO) and walking at a higher rate (his 14.2 percent BB% vs. Mauer’s 12.9 percent BB%), but Mauer is still enjoying the better overall season.
Even though Santana owns superior ISO and BB% rates, the pair of catchers have still posted equivalent OPS+’ (Santana’s 146 OPS+ vs. Mauer’s 145 OPS+). Also, Mauer’s batting average (.321 BA) is a whopping 37 points higher than Santana’s (.284 BA).
The other important deciding factor is defense. Santana has posted a pathetic -0.7 dWAR and 14.0% percent CS%, while Mauer has posted a studly 0.6 dWAR and 41.0 percent CS%. Maybe there's something in that shampoo...
NATIONAL LEAGUE: DAVID WRIGHT (3B)
Pablo Sandoval might be more popular, but there is no doubt David Wright deserves to represent the New York Mets on their hometown turf this All-Star game.
In the first season of Wright’s new eight-year, $138 million contract, the right-handed hitter has earned every cent of it (at least, the first year of it). Wright has posted a 148 OPS+ (vs. career 135 OPS+) with nine home runs, 12 stolen bases, and a 12.1 percent BB%. The 30-year-old is even gloving a 0.7 dWAR too.
By comparison, “Kung Fu Panda” has swatted a 117 OPS+ (vs. career 128 OPS+) with eight home runs, zero stolen bases, and a 5.0 percent BB%. Sandoval can't depend on defense to be his saving grace either, as he's only gloved a -0.2 dWAR at third base.
But if you're still not convinced Wright deserves the nod over Sandoval, then perhaps this set of GIFs will.