American League All Star Game Roster Announced

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American League All Star Game Roster Announced
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Yesterday Major League Baseball announced the rosters for the All Star Game in Anaheim on July 13. Let’s take a look at the American League Roster.

 

Starters

C: Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

1B: Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins

2B: Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

SS: Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

3B: Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays

OF: Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Rays

OF: Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers

OF: Ichiro, Seattle Mariners

DH: Vladimir Guerrero


Reserves

C: John Buck, Toronto Blue Jays

1B: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

2B: Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers

2B: Ty Wigginton, Baltimore Orioles

SS: Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers

3B: Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

3B: Adrian Beltre, Boston Red Sox

OF: Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

OF: Vernon Wells, Toronto Blue Jays

OF: Torii Hunter, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

DH: David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

SP: Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox

SP: Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox

SP: CC Sabathia, New York Yankees

SP: Phil Hughes, New York Yankees

SP: Trevor Cahill, Oakland A’s

SP: David Price, Tampa Bay Rays

SP: Fausto Carmona, Cleveland Indians

SP: Cliff Lee, Seattle Mariners

RP: Matt Thornton, Chicago White Sox

RP: Jose Valverde, Detroit Tigers

RP: Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

RP: Joakim Soria, Kansas City Royals

RP: Neftali Feliz, Texas Rangers


Analysis

I thought for the most part, the fans got the American League starters right. Sure you can argue Morneau vs. Cabrera or Longoria vs. Beltre, but that is nitpicking.

With a couple of exceptions, I thought the players and Joe Girardi did a good job with the reserves as well. My one gripe is Jered Weaver not being on the team. You could make the argument that Weaver should be starting for the AL squad.

Weaver leads the AL in strikeouts and strikeout ratio. Tied for the lead in quality starts. Fourth in WHIP. Seventh in ERA. That is some serious pitching.

A-Rod over Michael Young? Not sure about that one. I guess that is the advantage of having your manager coach the All Star Game.

I know he plays for the Royals, but David DeJesus needs to be on this team. DeJesus is eighth in the AL in batting (.325) and ninth in OBP (.392).

There is one more spot left to be filled and us as fans get to decide it. Here are the five players up for the final roster spot.

Nick Swisher

Michael Young

Paul Konerko

Kevin Youkilis

Delmon Young

I get why MLB put Swisher on this list (Yankees = interest which = votes), but they should be embarrassed that he is on this list. Nick Swisher? Really?

Weaver, DeJesus, or Alex Rios deserve to be on this list more than Swisher does.

You can cast your vote for the final AL All Star here.

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