2013 MLB All Star Roster: Breaking Down Top MVP Candidates in New York

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2013 MLB All Star Roster: Breaking Down Top MVP Candidates in New York
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The 2013 MLB All-Star Game will provide the game's biggest stars the opportunity to shine on the marquee stage of Citi Field in New York. 

The question is—who will shine the brightest?

Melky Cabrera took home the honors in last season's All-Star exhibition as he led the National League to an 8-0 victory in his first All-Star game appearance. The now-Toronto Blue Jays slugger went 2-for-3 at the plate with a two-run home run in the fourth.

A pitcher hasn't won the award since Pedro Martinez in 1999, so the focus will be on hitters here. The full rosters, including pitchers, can be found at MLB.com.

Here's a listing of all the hitters that will be playing in New York and the early favorites to take home MVP honors.

 

AL Roster

Starters
C: Joe Mauer, Twins
1B: Chris Davis, Orioles
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
SS: J.J. Hardy, Orioles
3B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
OF: Adam Jones, Orioles
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox

 

Reserves

C: Jason Castro, Astros
C: Salvador Perez, Royals
1B: Prince Fielder, Tigers
2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians
2B: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
2B: Ben Zobrist, Rays
SS: Jhonny Peralta: Tigers
3B: Manny Machado, Orioles
OF: Nelson Cruz, Rangers
OF: Alex Gordon, Royals
OF: Torii Hunter, Tigers
DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays

 

NL Roster

Starters

C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B: Joey Votto, Reds
2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B: David Wright, Mets
OF: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals

Reserves

C: Buster Posey, Giants
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
1B: Allen Craig, Cardinals
2B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
2B: Marco Scutaro, Giants
SS: Everth Cabrera, Padres
SS: Jean Segura, Brewers
3B: Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
OF: Domonic Brown, Phillies
OF: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
OF: Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

 

Top MVP Contenders

Chris Davis, American League

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Let's face it, the All-Star Game is all about entertainment value, and we love the long ball. That's why Chris Davis has to be mentioned as one of the top MVP threats coming into the game. 

No one is crushing the ball quite like Davis. 

The Orioles slugger has 33 home runs this season. That puts him at three above Miguel Cabrera for the Major League lead and, according to ESPN Stats & Info, one of the best power starts in American League history. 

If the 27-year-old finds a way to continue his power streak against one of the National League's elite All-Star pitchers, it'll immediately launch him into the MVP discussion. 

 

Miguel Cabrera, American League

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Speaking of Miguel Cabrera, Miggy's hot bat makes him a top contender to shine the brightest in New York. 

The star third baseman might be behind Davis in home runs, but he's combined his power with an incredible .366 average, 94 RBI and an OBP of .457. Those are the kind of numbers that have him ahead in the MVP race for the regular season. 

But most importantly, Cabrera is hitting really well of late. In the last seven days, Cabrera has launched three home runs and driven in eight runs while hitting .400. Compared to Davis' one home run, two runs batted in and average of .042, it would appear that Miggy may be the more likely candidate to power the American League. 

 

David Wright, National League

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Would there be a better story than a Mets star winning the All-Star Game MVP at Citi field?

Wright will certainly have the home-field advantage in the game. According to ESPN Stats & Info, he's just the second player in team history to start an All-Star game at the team's home park:

 

Besides the fact that he's going to be a fan favorite, Wright has put up numbers this season indicating he could shine at the All-Star Game. He's in the top 10 in the National League in walks, stolen bases, slugging and OPS, per ESPN.

Throw in the fact that Wright is second in the National League in WAR, and there's a case to be made that he will be the NL's most important player. 

 

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