There are always debates around the mid-summer classic. Whether it's which players belong on the all star rosters, whether the fans should still be allowed to vote for the starters, or whether or not the the game should determine home field advantage for the World Series, there is always something to argue about.
It's just a great time to talk baseball.
There will be many articles and sport shows out there that will debate the player selections and analyzing the rosters from now until the game is played in St. Louis on July 14th.
While going over the rosters with the intent on writing a an article grading the fan's pick for the starters, I notice that there were many players that were young or first time all-stars.
Then I got to thinking, with so many small market teams who need to spend every penny wisely, and the state of our nation's economy (which greatly effected the contracts of many free agents this past off-season), which players offered the most "bang for the buck" at each position.
So rather than just analyze the two all star teams, I decided to create a new team, a team of top rate talent at bargain basement prices. The only rule in the selection process, each player can not make more than $ 5 million this season.
So here is the 2009 All-Bargain Team.