Predicting the MVP of the MLB All-Star Game is like sticking your hand in a beehive and trying to guess which of the little suckers is going to sting you first.
There's probably some rhyme or reason to it, but mostly, it's pretty random.
Nevertheless, we'll take a look at the list below and try to focus on three players most likely to do damage on Tuesday at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
|American League||National League|
|Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City Royals*||Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals*|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers*||Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks*|
|Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle Mariners*||Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies*|
|Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees*||Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies*|
|Josh Donaldson, 3B, Oakland Athletics*||Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers*|
|Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels*||Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates*|
|Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto Blue Jays*||Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers*|
|Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles*||Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers*|
|Nelson Cruz, DH, Baltimore Orioles*||Giancarlo Stanton, DH, Miami Marlins*|
|AL Reserves||NL Reserves|
|Derek Norris, C, Oakland Athletics||Jonathan Lucroy, C, Brewers|
|Kurt Suzuki, C, Minnesota Twins||Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds|
|Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox||Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves|
|Victor Martinez, 1B, Detroit Tigers||Dee Gordon, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays||Daniel Murphy, 2B, New York Mets|
|Brandon Moss, 1B/OF, Oakland Athletics||Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs|
|Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros||Todd Frazier, 3B, Cincinnati Reds|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox||Matt Carpenter, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas Rangers||Josh Harrison, IF/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland Athletics||Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies|
|Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals||Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco Giants|
|Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians||Miguel Montero, C, Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Erick Aybar, SS, Los Angeles Angels||Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs|
|Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles|
|Kyle Seager, 3B, Seattle Mariners|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B, Detroit Tigers|
|AL Pitchers||NL Pitchers|
|Yu Darvish, RHP, Texas Rangers||Johnny Cueto, RHP, Cincinnati Reds|
|Max Scherzer, RHP, Detroit Tigers||Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Felix Hernandez, RHP, Seattle Mariners||Zack Greinke, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Masahiro Tanaka, RHP, New York Yankees||Madison Bumgarner, LHP, San Francisco Giants|
|Jon Lester, LHP, Boston Red Sox||Adam Wainwright, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals|
|David Price, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays||Tyson Ross, RHP, San Diego Padres|
|Scott Kazmir, LHP, Oakland Athletics||Jordan Zimmermann, RHP, Washington Nationals|
|Mark Buehrle, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays||Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves|
|Sean Doolittle, LHP, Oakland Athletics||Craig Kimbrel, RHP Atlanta Braves|
|Greg Holland, RHP, Kansas City Royals||Aroldis Chapman, LHP, Cincinnati Reds|
|Glen Perkins, LHP, Minnesota Twins||Francisco Rodriguez, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers|
|Dellin Betances, RHP, New York Yankees||Tony Watson, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Koji Uehara, RHP, Boston Red Sox||Jeff Samardzija, RHP Chicago Cubs (Traded to Oakland Athletics)|
|Chris Sale, LHP, Chicago White Sox||Pat Neshek, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals|
Per MLB.com, * denotes players voted to start
Puig is a man of the moment. He's proved that time and time again in his brief major league career. In this, his first opportunity to shine bright at the Midsummer Classic, expect Puig to stand out in a major way.
Whether it's by hitting a big home run or by making a sparkling defensive play, Puig has the tools to not only give fans some memorable moments, but to win the game's Most Valuable Player Award.
Hands down, the best rookie so far this season is Abreu. In fact, according to this tweet from ESPN Stats & Info, Abreu's rookie campaign is set to be one of the best of all time.
In MLB history, Ryan Braun (34) is only primary infielder to hit more HR in 1st season than José Abreu (27)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 5, 2014
He has since hit his 28th home run. At the rate he's going, he could have 30 by Tuesday.
Abreu has the type of demeanor that makes you believe he could handle the spotlight the All-Star Game brings. Longtime Chicago White Sox player and former All-Star Paul Konerko talked about his 27-year-old teammate.
Paul Konerko on Jose Abreu:"He has such instincts, such a work ethic, that when he gets more used to our game he can hit .320, .330."— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 9, 2014
Abreu will not participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday, but he might put on his own display during the game.
There are several ways to impact a game. Like Puig, Gomez has the skills to be a factor in almost every aspect. How dynamic is the National League outfield with Gomez, Puig and Andrew McCutchen?
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more athletic threesome in any outfield—All-Star Game or traditional rosters.
The 28-year-old has really come into his own over the last two years. Aside from hitting 24 home runs last season and 13 in the first half of this campaign, Gomez has stolen 15 bases and made several amazing plays in the outfield.
He is a showman and a good bet to play well on Tuesday.