B/R MLB Featured Columnist Poll: Who Should Be the All-Star Starters for the AL?

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B/R MLB Featured Columnist Poll: Who Should Be the All-Star Starters for the AL?
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Hard though it may be to believe, we are already more than halfway to the 2011 MLB All-Star Game.

Of course, the All-Star Game would be a lot better if the most deserving players were the ones who got to play. But the fans cast their ballots for the biggest names, the players pick guys they like watching, and the managers take as many of their own players as humanly possible. Hence the annual snubbing of some of the game's best players, like Ryan Zimmerman, Kelly Johnson and Francisco Liriano in 2010.

Luckily, there is one group who dares to challenge the Midsummer Classic's reputation as a popularity contest: Bleacher Report's MLB Featured Columnists.

Last week, 33 of B/R's top baseball writers held a mock All-Star vote to see who really deserves to start in the Midsummer Classic. Today, we take a look at the results for the American League (NL to come Friday).

In this slideshow are the vote totals at each position, along with commentary from the writers explaining why they made their picks.

Be sure to let us know who we got wrong!

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