MLB All-Star Ballot: 2009 Picks

D.A.Senior Writer IMay 15, 2009

It's about half-way to the All-Star game, and balloting started ridiculously early a couple of weeks ago. Here's who should be tabbed All-Stars.

I follow the rules (there must be one member from each team and 32 overall players), which is why there are some snubs, who should be All-Stars. An asterisk* denotes injury which usually relegates a player to snub.

American League:

First Base: Kevin Youkilis (Bos) is leading American League first basemen in batting average (.393), on-base percentage (.505), and slugging (.719). He also has 20 RBI and six home runs.

Reserves: Miguel Cabrera (Det), Justin Morneau (Min), Carlos Pena (TB)
Snubs: Aubrey Huff (Bal), Paul Konerko (Cws)

Second Base: Aaron Hill (Tor) is leading American League second basemen in batting average (.337), home runs (9) and RBI (30). He also has a .917 OPS.

Reserves: Ian Kinsler (Tex), Asdrubal Cabrera (Cle), Albert Callaspo (Kan)
Snubs: Dustin Pedroia (Bos), Robinson Cano (Nyy)

Shortstop: Jason Bartlett (TB) is leading American League shortstops in batting average (.363), on-base percentage (.403), slugging (.540), and stolen bases (9). He also has 14 RBI and five home runs.

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Reserves: Marco Scutaro (Tor)
Snubs: None

Third Base: Evan Longoria (TB) is leading American League third basemen in home runs (11), RBI (45), slugging (.701), and on-base percentage (.396). He also has a .343 batting average.

Reserves: Mike Lowell (Bos), Michael Young (Tex)
Snubs: Scott Rolen (Tor), Brandon Inge (Det)

Catcher: Victor Martinez (Cle) is leading American League catchers in home runs (7), RBI (25), batting average (.400), slugging (.650), and on-base percentage (.479).

Reserves: Kurt Suzuki (Oak)
Snubs: Rod Barajas (Tor), Mike Napoli (Laa), Joe Mauer* (Min)

Nick Markakis (Bal) is batting .346 with six home runs and 33 RBI.
Adam Jones (Bal) is batting .370 with eight home runs and 26 RBI.
Jason Bay (Bos) is batting .311 with ten home runs and 38 RBI.

Reserves: Carl Crawford (TB), Torii Hunter (Laa), Johnny Damon (Nyy), Nick Swisher (Nyy)
Snubs: Shin-soo Choo (Cle), Nelson Cruz (Tex), Bobby Abreu (Laa)

Starting Pitchers:
Zack Greinke (Kan) is 6-1 with a 0.51 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 53.0 innings pitched.
Roy Halladay (Tor) is 7-1 with a 2.95 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 61.0 innings pitched.
Jered Weaver (Laa) is 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 47.2 innings pitched.
Erik Bedard (Sea) is 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 42.2 innings pitched.
Joe Saunders (Laa) is 5-1 with a 2.66 ERA in 47.1 innings pitched.
Edwin Jackson (Det) is 2-2 with a 2.60 ERA in 45.0 innings pitched.
Kevin Milwood (Tex) is 3-3 with a 2.92 ERA in 52.1 innings pitched.
Mark Buehrle (Cws) is 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 45.0 innings pitched.

Snubs: Dallas Braden (Oak), Matt Palmer (Laa), Cliff Lee (Cle), CC Sabathia (Nyy), Jarrod Washburn (Sea), Tim Wakefield (Bos), Felix Hernandez (Sea)

Frank Francisco (Tex) has nine saves and a 0.00 ERA.
Jonathan Papelbon (Bos) has nine saves and a 1.15 ERA.

Snubs: Bobby Jenks (Cws), Joakim Soria (Kan), Joe Nathan (Min)

Team All-Stars Snubs Total
Bal(2) Markakis, Jones(1) Huff3
Bos(4) Youkilis, Lowell, Bay, Papelbon
(2) Pedroia, Wakefield
(1) Buehrle
(2) Konerko, Jenks
Cle(2) Cabrera, Martinez
(2) Choo, Lee
Det(2) Cabrera, Jackson(1) Inge3
(2) Greinke, Callaspo(1) Soria
(3) Hunter, Weaver, Saunders
(2) Palmer, Abreu
Min(1) Morneau(2) Mauer, Nathan
(2) Damon, Swisher
(2) Cano, Sabathia
(1) Suzkui
(1) Braden
(1) Bedard
(2) Washburn, Hernandez3
(4) Pena, Longoria, Bartlett, Crawford

(4) Kinsler, Young, Milwood, Francisco
(1) Cruz
(3) Hill, Scutaro, Halladay
(2) Rolen, Barajas

National League:

First Base:
Albert Pujols (Stl) is leading National League first basemen in slugging (.677) and RBI (37). He also has 13 home runs and a .323 batting average.

Reserves: Joey Votto (Cin), Adrian Gonzalez (SD), Jorge Cantu* (Fla)
Snubs: Nick Johnson (Was), Todd Helton (Col), Carlos Delgado (Nym), Prince Fielder (Mil)

Second Base: Orlando Hudson (Lad) is leading National League second basemen in batting average (.342) and on-base percentage (.423). He also has 21 RBI.

Reserves: Chase Utley (Phi), Brandon Phillips (Cin)
Snubs: Skip Schumaker (Stl), Felipe Lopez (Ari), Rickie Weeks (Mil), Freddy Sanchez (Pit)

Shortstop: Hanley Ramirez (Fla) is leading National League shortstops in on-base percentage (.432) and slugging (.610). He is also batting .358 with 19 RBI and six home runs

Reserves: Miguel Tejada (Hou)
Snubs: Cristian Guzman* (Was), Ryan Theriot (Chc), Yunel Escobar (Atl), Jose Reyes (Nym)

Third Base: Ryan Zimmerman (Was) is leading National League third basemen in home runs (8), RBI (26), batting average (.357), and OPS (1.016).

Reserves: David Wright (Nym), Chipper Jones (Atl)
Snubs: Aramis Ramirez* (Chc)

Catcher: Bengie Molina (SF) is leading National League catchers in RBI (29), slugging (.569), and home runs (8). He also is batting .301

Reserves: Yadier Molina (Stl)
Snubs: Jesus Flores* (Was), Russell Martin (Lad)

Carlos Beltran (Nym) is batting .371 with 25 RBI and six home runs.
Adam Dunn (Was) is batting .310 with 28 RBI and 11 home runs.
Brad Hawpe (Col) is batting .357 with 28 RBI and five home runs

Reserves: Ryan Braun (Mil), Carlos Lee (Hou), Raul Ibanez (Phi), Kosuke Fukudome (Chc), Alfonso Soriano (Chc)
Snubs: Nyjer Morgan (Pit), Hunter Pence (Hou), Matt Kemp (Lad), Nate McLouth (Pit),  Justin Upton (Ari), Ryan Ludwick* (Stl)

Starting Pitchers:
Johan Santana (Nym) is 4-2 with a 0.78 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 48.0 innings pitched.
Wandy Rodriguez (Hou) is 4-2 with a 1.90 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 52.0 innings pitched.
Johnny Cueto (Cin) is 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA in 46.2 innings pitched.
Jair Jurrjens (Atl) is 3-2 with a 2.06 ERA in 48.0 innings pitched.
Dan Haren (Ari) is 3-4 with a 2.09 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 56.0 innings pitched.
Chad Billingsley (Lad) is 5-1 with a 2.30 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 54.2 innings pitched.
Zach Duke (Pit) is 4-3 with a 2.52 ERA in 50.0 innings pitched.
Randy Wolf (Lad) is 2-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 48.2 innings pitched.

Snubs: Josh Johnson* (Fla), Aaron Harang (Cin), Chris Volstad (Fla), Matt Cain (SF), Yovani Gallardo (Mil), Tim Lincecum (SF), Ted Lilly (Chc)

Heath Bell (SD) has eight saves and a 0.00 ERA.
Trevor Hoffman (Mil) has nine saves and a 0.00 ERA.

Snubs: Francisco Rodriguez (Nym), Ryan Franklin (Stl), Jonathan Broxton (Lad), Francisco Cordero (Cin)

Team All-Stars Snubs Total
Ari(1) Haren
(2) Lopez, Upton
Atl(2) Jurrjens, Jones
(1) Escobar
Chc(2) Fukudome, Soriano(3) Theriot, Lilly, Ramirez*
(3) Votto, Phillips, Cueto
(2) Harang, Cordero
(1) Hawpe
(1) Helton
(2) Cantu, Ramirez
(2) Volstad, Johnson*
(3) Tejada, Lee, Rodriguez
(1) Pence
(3) Hudson, Billingsley, Wolf
(3) Martin, Kemp, Broxton
(2) Braun, Hoffman
(3) Fielder, Weeks, Gallardo
(3) Wright, Beltran, Santana
(3) Delgado, Reyes, Rodriguez
(2) Utley, Ibanez

(1) Duke
(3) Sanchez, Morgan, McLouth
(2) Gonzalez, Bell

SF(1) Molina(2) Cain, Lincecum
Stl(2) Pujols, Molina(3) Schumaker, Franklin, Ludwick*5
(2) Zimmerman, Dunn
(3) Johnson, Flores*, Guzman*