The Bleacher Report Fantasy Baseball All-Star Team
Without further ado, here is your first annual Bleacher Report All-Star Team, compiled by: The Roundtable (RT), Michael Taylor (MT), Jonathan Bentz (JB), and Myself (IE).
Each person voted for a starting lineup (minus DH), starting pitcher, and a closer. The number next to the name is how many votes the player got, and there will be honorable mention (HM) after each position.
Catcher: Geovany Soto, Chicago Cubs (3)
"No one saw this coming. He was basically the personal catcher for Zambrano last year, and now he’s hitting .293 with 16 home runs. The guy basically was undrafted. I love that kind of story. Brian McCann is right there though." (RT)
Honorable Mention: Brian McCann (1)
First Base: Lance Berkman, Houston Astros (4)
"There are plenty of great first basemen, but Berkman has completely separated himself from the pack. When you are hitting .348, are on pace to hit 40 home runs, 125 RBI, steal 25 bases, and score over 130 runs, you are not only the top at your position, but the top player overall." (MT)
Second Base: Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers (3)
"In a battle of great seasons, Kinsler just beat out Chase Utley, based on value. Kinsler was chosen more towards the fourth or fifth rounds and is giving top fantasy-player totals as compared to Utley’s first-round status. For the season, Kinsler has not only hit .335 and scored a league-high 82 runs, but he also has 14 homers, 53 RBI, and 23 steals." (MT)
HM: Chase Utley (1)
Third Base: Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves (4)
"Sure he's injured, and A-Rod was the best player in June. But when you're batting .384, and the next closest batter with over 200 at-bats is 34 points behind you, an All-Star nod is deserved." (JB)
Short Stop: Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins (4)
"Hitting .300 with 21 home runs and 22 stolen bases already. He would be the No. 2 pick right now. Edges out Reyes because of the power numbers." (RT)
Outfield: Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers (4)
"The biggest surprise in all of baseball this season was a popular sleeper pick in March—he has made everyone that drafted him look like a genius." (JB)
Outfield: Nate McLouth, Pittsburgh Pirates (3)
"I had left McLouth for dead before the season, it seemed like he was going to struggle just to get some playing time. I hate to admit when I am wrong, but McLouth's numbers are just undeniable. With 19 HR, 65 R, 68 RBI, and 10 SB you would assume those are end of the season numbers for him." (IE)
Outfield: Matt Holliday, Colorado Rockies (2)
"Holliday may have missed some time on the DL, but he still cracks my outfield. He has continued to smash the ball all over the field hitting .343 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI. He also has some speed with 13 stolen bases." (MT)
HM: J.D. Drew (1), Ryan Braun (1), Grady Sizemore (1)
Starting Pitcher: Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays (2)
"His 5x5 standard fantasy numbers are just as good as anyone else, but he is pitching more innings than anyone else, and though that doesn't count in most league, the mere fact that he has a WHIP below one, which no other top pitcher can claim, gives him this spot for me." (IE)
HM: Justin Duchscherer (1), Cliff Lee (1)
Closer: TIE—Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees (2) Francisco Rodriguez, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2)
"Tempted to choose Francisco Rodriguez and his league-leading 35 saves, but I decided to go with the best closer in the history of the game. He has a 50 strikeouts to just four walks, 23 saves, and a ridiculous 1.06 ERA. I want my closer not only to get me saves, but help to lower my ratios." (MT)
"I don’t understand how a guy with 35 saves can still be given so little respect. He doesn’t strike out as many hitters, but he’s been utterly dominant in the first half of the season." (RT)
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