Screw the All-Star Game: The All-MLB Teams
The advertisement for the All-Star game shows just how much of a joke that game is. Josh Hamilton and Grady Sizemore garnering lots of votes to play in the game is a joke.
Screw the All-Star game. Who cares about who is the best from each league?
Well, actually, it's usually entertaining.
But here are the best players from each position in the entire MLB. It's set up like basketball—the first, second, and third all-midseason teams are listed.
Catcher: Joe Mauer
FIRST TEAM: JOE MAUER (MINNESOTA TWINS)
Was there any doubt? Joe Mauer is the best catcher in the game, and that's in limited at-bats.
Mauer is batting .395 with 73 hits, 14 home runs, 43 RBI, and a 1.163 OPS.
Mauer isn't too shabby behind the plate either, having only committed one error. He also has a 37.5 caught stealing percentage.
SECOND TEAM: VICTOR MARTINEZ (CLEVELAND INDIANS)
Mauer has completely taken the spotlight off of what a great season Victor Martinez is having.
Martinez is batting .327 with 92 hits, 13 home runs, 54 RBI, and a .946 OPS. Victor has also yet to commit an error behind the plate.
THIRD TEAM: BRIAN MCCANN (ATLANTA BRAVES)
McCann has put together an impressive season, but people continue to look past it. McCann is batting .320 with 58 hits, seven home runs, 30 RBI, and a .929 OPS.
McCann has had some problems behind the plate, but keep in mind he has an eye injury he's putting off until the offseason.
First Base: Albert Pujols
FIRST TEAM: ALBERT PUJOLS (ST. LOUIS CARDINALS)
The Machine is the best player in all of baseball. He's the Triple Crown leader of the 2000s decade.
Pujols is batting .321 with 80 hits, 26 home runs, 70 RBI, nine stolen bases, and a 1.141 OPS.
Pujols isn't having one of his better defensive years (6 errors), but still flashes a nice glove.
SECOND TEAM: JUSTIN MORNEAU (MINNESOTA TWINS)
Despite winning an MVP, he's still one of the most underrated players in the game. Morneau is batting .316 with 87 hits, 16 home runs, 57 RBI, and a .961 OPS.
He's also great defensively, having only committed one error.
THIRD TEAM: PRINCE FIELDER (MILWAUKEE BREWERS)
MVP numbers won't get you past Pujols. The Prince is batting .301 with 77 hits, 18 home runs, 68 RBI, and a 1.016 OPS.
Fielder has also been impressive with the glove.
Second Base: Chase Utley
FIRST TEAM: CHASE UTLEY (PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES)
Chase Utley is and has consistently been the best second baseman in all of baseball. Utley is one of the hardest working players.
He is batting .300 with 73 hits, 16 home runs, 49 RBI, six stolen bases, and a .992 OPS.
Utley is also a defensive wizard and great five-tool player.
SECOND TEAM: AARON HILL (TORONTO BLUE JAYS)
The AL Comeback Player of the Year candidate has been outstanding for Toronto. He's batting .306 with 97 hits, 16 home runs, 51 RBI, and a .833 OPS.
Defense sometimes poses a problem (6 errors).
THIRD TEAM: IAN KINSLER (TEXAS RANGERS)
Kinsler doesn't hit like a leadoff hitter, but is still phenomenal.
He's batting .266 with 75 hits, 18 home runs, 49 RBI, 15 stolen bases, and a .869 OPS. He's had some defensive problems, but still flashes a nice glove.
Shortstop: Hanley Ramirez
FIRST TEAM: HANLEY RAMIREZ (FLORIDA MARLINS)
Ramirez is perhaps the most talented player in all of Major League Baseball and a huge five-tool threat.
Ramirez is batting .335 with 89 hits, 11 home runs, 47 RBI, 11 stolen bases, and a .949 OPS.
He is also a defensive mastermind, and his consistent great glove play outweighs his couple of hiccups.
SECOND TEAM: JASON BARTLETT (TAMPA BAY RAYS)
This piranha's injury doesn't look like it's going to slow him down one bit.
Bartlett is batting .371 with 73 hits, seven home runs, 35 RBI, 14 stolen bases, an a .983 OPS. He also plays Gold Glove defense.
THIRD TEAM: MIGUEL TEJADA (HOUSTON ASTROS)
Tejada has continued to play consistent baseball, even though he's gotten older and with help/PED's.
He's batting .328 with 94 hits, 6 home runs, 39 RBI, an a .829 OPS. His glove isn't as sharp as it used to be.
Third Base: Evan Longoria
FIRST TEAM: EVAN LONGORIA (TAMPA BAY RAYS)
Evan Almighty is the future of Major League Baseball. Some might say the vanguard of the game.
Longoria is batting .309 with 79 hits, 16 home runs, 61 RBI, and a .980 OPS. He has a great glove and is quickly becoming one of the most popular players in the game.
SECOND TEAM: DAVID WRIGHT (NEW YORK METS)
Wright's power has declined while his average has skyrocketed. He is batting .356 with 94 hits, four home runs, 39 RBI, 19 stolen bases, an a .953 OPS.
He's an annual Gold Glove/Silver Slugger winner.
THIRD TEAM: CASEY BLAKE (LOS ANGELES DODGERS)
Blake was underrated in Cleveland and he's underrated in Los Angeles.
He is batting .298 with 70 hits, 10 home runs, 47 RBI, and a .871 OPS. He also plays pretty good defense.
Right Field: Brad Hawpe
FIRST TEAM: BRAD HAWPE (COLORADO ROCKIES)
Brad Who? It's time for people to start recognizing who Brad Hawpe is and how great of a player he is.
Hawpe is batting .338 with 77 hits, 11 home runs, 53 RBI, and a 1.016 OPS. That he won't be an All-Star starter is embarrassing.
Hawpe can play his position in right field well.
SECOND TEAM: ICHIRO SUZUKI (SEATTLE MARINERS)
Ichiro was the fastest American League player to 100 hits again. Suzuki is batting .369 with 104 hits, six home runs, 18 RBI, 12 stolen bases, and a .901 OPS.
He still has one of the best arms and gloves in baseball.
THIRD TEAM: NICK MARKAKIS (BALTIMORE ORIOLES)
Markakis continues to be the most underrated player in baseball.
Markakis is batting .297 with 85 hits, eight home runs, 46 RBI, and a .826 OPS. He also has one hell of an arm with eight outfield assists and a flashy glove.
Center Field: Torii Hunter
FIRST TEAM: TORII HUNTER (LOS ANGELES ANGELS)
Hunter continues to improve with age. He is batting .310 with 74 hits, 16 home runs, 54 RBI, 12 stolen bases, and a .973 OPS.
Hunter is a perennial Gold Glover and he has yet to commit an error this year.
SECOND TEAM: ADAM JONES (BALTIMORE ORIOLES)
Adam Jones and Nick Markakis are going to make the Orioles a special team in a few years.
Jones is batting .302 with 79 hits, 12 home runs, 43 RBI, and a .863 OPS. He also has a rocket arm and consistent good glove.
THIRD TEAM: CARLOS BELTRAN (NEW YORK METS)
Injuries have relegated Beltran to the third team. Beltran is batting .336 with 81 hits, eight home runs, 40 RBI, 11 stolen bases, and a .952 OPS.
Left Field: Raul Ibanez
FIRST TEAM: RAUL IBANEZ (PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES)
Ibanez was probably the NL's Most Valuable Player until the injury bug hit him. He added another huge bat to the potent Phillies lineup.
Ibanez is batting .312 with 78 hits, 22 home runs, 59 RBI, and a 1.027 OPS. He is also a great outfielder.
SECOND TEAM: JASON BAY (BOSTON RED SOX)
Manny Who? Jason Bay has been nothing but great since coming to Beantown.
Bay is batting .282 with 73 hits, 19 RBI, 69 RBI, and a .971 OPS.
Outfield hasn't always been pretty, but he does have six assists and zero errors.
THIRD TEAM: RYAN BRAUN (MILWAUKEE BREWERS)
Wow. What a stacked position you have when Ryan Braun is on the third team. Braun is batting .318 with 84 hits, 16 home runs, 51 RBI, and a .982 OPS.
Braun has been a good consistent outfielder, with four assists.
Designated Hitter: Adam Lind
FIRST TEAM: ADAM LIND (TORONTO BLUE JAYS)
Lind has been a great contributor to that potent Blue Jays offense. Lind is batting .307 with 86 hits, 15 home runs, 52 RBI, and a .936 OPS.
SECOND TEAM: JASON KUBEL (MINNESOTA TWINS)
Joe Mauer. Justin Morneau. Jason Kubel. What a scary lineup.
Kubel is batting .310 with 71 hits, 13 home runs, 40 RBI, and a .924 OPS.
THIRD TEAM: LUKE SCOTT (BALTIMORE ORIOLES)
Scott has come off an injury looking more impressive than ever. Scott is batting .293 with 54 hits, 14 home runs, 37 RBI, and a .932 OPS.
Starting Pitching Rotation: Zack Greinke, Roy Halladay, Matt Cain, Dan Haren, Tim Lincecum
FIRST TEAM ROTATION:
ZACK GREINKE (KANSAS CITY ROYALS)
The pitching phenom of the year. Zack Greinke boasts a 9-3 record, 1.90 ERA, and 1.02 WHIP. Greinke also has 111 strikeouts compared to only 18 walks.
Don't forget about his five complete games, including two shutouts.
ROY HALLADAY (TORONTO BLUE JAYS)
The Doc continues to be one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball.
Roy Halladay boasts a 10-1 record, 2.53 ERA, and 1.04 WHIP. He also has 88 strikeouts, compared to 12 walks.
Halladay has also hurled three complete games, including one shutout.
MATT CAIN (SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS)
The pitcher many consider the most underrated in the game.
Matt Cain boasts a 9-1 record, 2.28 ERA, and 1.21 WHIP. He also has 76 strikeouts compared to 37 walks. Cain has also hurled three complete games.
DAN HAREN (ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS)
Poor Haren plays on such a bad team. Haren boasts a 6-5 record, 2.25 ERA, and a minuscule 0.81 WHIP.
He also has 104 strikeouts compared to only 14 walks. Haren has hurled two complete games.
TIM LINCECUM (SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS)
Timmy has followed up his Cy season with another miraculous one.
Lincecum boasts a 7-2 record, 2.57 ERA, and 1.14 WHIP. He also has 124 strikeouts compared to 28 walks. Lincecum also has two complete games, including one shutout.
SECOND TEAM ROTATION:
JOSH JOHNSON (FLORIDA MARLINS)
Johnson has a 7-1 record, 2.66 ERA, and 1.06 WHIP. His K/BB ratio is 88/25 and he has thrown two complete games.
FELIX HERNANDEZ (SEATTLE MARINERS)
Hernandez has a 7-3 record, 2.74 ERA, and a 1.21 WHIP. His K/BB ratio is 98/31 and he has thrown one complete game shutout.
EDWIN JACKSON (DETROIT TIGERS)
Jackson has a 6-4 record, 2.40 ERA, and a 1.07 WHIP. His K/BB ratio is 79/29 and he has thrown one complete game.
JERED WEAVER (LOS ANGELES ANGELS)
Weaver has a 7-3 record, 2.53 ERA, and a 1.08 WHIP. His K/BB ratio is 78/28 and he has thrown three complete games, including one shutout.
JOHNNY CUETO (CINCINNATI REDS)
Cueto has a 7-4 record, 2.71 ERA, and a 1.14 WHIP. His K/BB ratio is 68/28.
THIRD TEAM ROTATION:
YOVANI GALLARDO (MILWAUKEE BREWERS)
Gallardo has a 7-4 record, 3.00 ERA, and a 1.18 WHIP. His K/BB ratio is 93/41 and he has thrown one complete game.
JOHAN SANTANA (NEW YORK METS)
Santana has a 9-5 record, 3.08 ERA, and a 1.20 WHIP. His K/BB ratio is 100/30.
ZACH DUKE (PITTSBURGH PIRATES)
Duke has a 8-5 record, 3.09 ERA, and a 1.19 WHIP. His K/BB ratio is 51/25 and he has thrown two complete games, including one shutout.
CHAD BILLINGSLEY (LOS ANGELES DODGERS)
Billingsley has a 9-3 record, 3.10 ERA, and a 1.27 WHIP. His K/BB ratio is 99/48.
KEVIN MILWOOD (TEXAS RANGERS)
Milwood has a 7-5 record, 2.62 ERA, and a 1.22 WHIP. His K/BB ratio is 65/33 and he has thrown two complete games.
Closer: Francisco Rodriguez
FIRST TEAM: FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ (NEW YORK METS)
Francisco Rodriguez continues to prove he is one of the best closers ever in the game of baseball. K-Rod has 20 saves as opposed to two blown saves.
He boasts a 1.01 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. He has 38 strikeouts in 35.2 innings pitched.
SECOND TEAM: JOE NATHAN (MINNESOTA TWINS)
Nathan is who many consider to be the best closer in the current game. Nathan has 17 saves as opposed to two blown saves.
He boasts a 1.57 ERA and 0.80 WHIP. He has 34 strikeouts in 28.2 innings pitched.
THIRD TEAM: HEATH BELL (SAN DIEGO PADRES)
Who needs Trevor Hoffman? Bell has stepped up with his 17 saves, as opposed to one blown save.
He boasts a 1.44 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. He has 35 strikeouts in 31.1 innings pitched.