Sunday, June 26, 2011
As a member of the Baseball Bloggers Association, we've been asked to make an all-star ballot to submit. Other blogs/chapters will be doing the same and soon the BBA will reveal their selections for the 2011 All-Star Game. Below is our National League ballot.
Catcher: Brian McCann, Atlanta. McCann has been an ironman behind the plate, racking up the most games played and plate appearances. And his production is leads the league too. He's hitting .300 with 13 home runs and sports a lofty 2.8 WAR
First Base: Prince Fielder, Milwaukee. The big vegetarian is at it again. Production in all aspects of hitting. He's tied for the NL lead in home runs with 21, hitting .306 with a .428 OBP
Second Base: Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee. We'll make it an all-Brewers right side of the infield. Rickie has 13 home runs and is slugging .505
Shortstop: Jose Reyes, New York. Pains us to do it, but Jose is having an incredible year and tied for the league lead with a 4.3 WAR. He's second in the league with 27 stolen bases.
Third Base: Chase Headley, San Diego. This was probably the toughest to call. Many good candidates but no true superstar. Chase gets the nod for having the second best batting average among third basemen (behind Greg Dobbs!) and leads in weighted runs created.
Outfield: Matt Kemp, Los Angeles. The lone bright spot for the Dodgers this year, Matt is also tied for the league in home runs and has hit .329 and stolen 21 bases.
Outfield: Matt Holiday, St. Louis. Holliday has missed some time this year but still has more than 50 games under his belt and his hitting .335 with 9 home runs. Amongst outfielders he is second in weighted runs created, trailing only Matt Kemp.
Outfield: Ryan Bruan, Milwaukee. Another Brewers power hitter for the lineup. Braun is doing it all again this year hitting over .300 with 15 home runs and 16 stolen bases.
Starting Pitcher, Roy Halladay, Philadelphia. Is there any other pitcher you'd want? Doc is a horse on the mound once again leading the league in innings pitched. He sports a 2.51 ERA and also leads the league in strikeouts.