ALL STAR Choice: First Base NL

Jamie HewittCorrespondent IMay 6, 2008

It may be a little early to choose an All-Star roster, but voting has already begun for the 2008 All-Star game at Yankee Stadium.

Your first baseman for the NL this year is a tough one. It seems to always be someone new every year. With multiple first baseman having slow starts there is only one choice.

The first basemen of the National League seem to be a bunch of big names, who are not producing yet. Ryan Howard's average is below .200 and Prince Fielder, who hit 50 home runs last year, is off to a very slow start. Carlos Delgado who is having a second slow season and only time will tell if he will ever hit .300 again.

There are three first basemen that I have seen who are deserving of representing the NL at Yankee Stadium come July.

Albert Puljos is fourth on my list. He is batting .355 and has 24 RBI. If he wins the vote this year it will be his sixth trip. I expect him to be in the All-Star game, but not as the starter.

Derek Lee is also off to a fast start with a .333 batting average, with 44 hits on the season. He has eight home runs on the season which is on pace to break last year's home run total of 20. It comes down to fan favorites in this one and I haven't heard his name mentioned much in the news.

The newcomer in the ring this year is the first baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks who is among the league leaders in RBI. Conor Jackson is batting .333 with 25 RBI and if he is selected it would be his first trip to the All-Star game.

My pick for the 2008 NL All-Star starter at first base is Lance Berkman of the Houston Astros. He is definitely off to a fast start and among the leader in few categories. He has 31 RBI, and .325 batting average. He is also among the league leaders in runs with 30.