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Congratulations Braun and Fielder!

Right Field BleachersCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2009

Major League Baseball had their All-Star Selection Show today, and the Brewers have two all-stars this year: Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder.

No surprise with either of them. It was cool to see that Brewers fans came through again in fan voting as Braun ended up the top vote getting among NL outfielders. It is Braun’s second year in a row as an all-star starter.

Prince is one of four NL first basemen along with Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez and Ryan Howard. This will be Prince’s second all-star appearance. He’s also very likely to take part in this year’s home-run derby.

There also comes some disappointment with the selection show. Both Yovani Gallardo and Trevor Hoffman were denied roster spots this summer. Both are certainly worthy of being all-stars this year, but that’s the way it goes.

Looking at the rosters, it’s hard to say any of the NL closers that were named are less worthy of Hoffman. That being said, I think Yovani got a raw deal. He is more deserving than both Ted Lilly and Jason Marquis. That’s a result of the one player minimum per organization, as they both are the lone representatives of their respective teams. I guess it comes down to Yovani against Marlins’ starter Josh Johnson and Dodger’s starter Chad Billingsley. Yo and Johnson have very similar numbers, but Billingsley’s numbers are a bit less impressive.  Here’s a comparison of the three:

Gallardo:      8-5  104.2IP  114K  46BB  2.75ERA  1.15WHIP  1CG

Johnson:      7-1  114.1IP   97K   32BB  2.76ERA  1.13WHIP  2CG

Billingsley:  9-4  112.1IP  110K  51BB  3.12ERA  1.26WHIP  0CG

Looking at the numbers, it’s difficult to argue that Gallardo should have been named over Johnson, but how is Billingsley named over Gallardo? Comparing the numbers, it seems like a no-brainer. That’s the west coast bias I guess. Tough luck for Gallardo though. It’s only a matter of time before he is an all-star.

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