Starters AL C Joe Mauer, MIN 1B Kevin Youkilis, BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia, BOS SS Derek Jeter, NYY 3B Alex Rodriguez, NYY OF Josh Hamilton, TEX OF Manny Ramirez, BOS OF Ichiro Suzuki, SEA DH David Ortiz, BOS, to be replaced by Milton Bradley, Tex
Pitchers P Justin Duchscherer, OAK P Roy Halladay, TOR P Scott Kazmir, TB P Cliff Lee, CLE P Joe Nathan, MIN P Jonathan Papelbon, BOS P Mariano Rivera, NYY P Francisco Rodriguez, LAA P Ervin Santana, LAA P Joe Saunders, LAA P George Sherrill, BAL P Joakim Soria, KC
Reserves C Dioner Navarro, TB C Jason Varitek, BOS 1B Justin Morneau, MIN 2B Ian Kinsler, TEX SS Michael Young, TEX 3B Joe Crede, CWS 3B Carlos Guillen, DET OF J.D. Drew, BOS OF Carlos Quentin, CWS OF Grady Sizemore, CLE
Final Vote Jermaine Dye, OF, White Sox Jason Giambi, 1B, Yankees Jose Guillen, OF, Royals Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays Brian Roberts, 2B, Orioles
Starters NL C Geovany Soto, CHC 1B Lance Berkman, HOU 2B Chase Utley, PHI SS Hanley Ramirez, FLA 3B Chipper Jones, ATL OF Ryan Braun, MIL OF Kosuke Fukudome, CHC OF Alfonso Soriano, CHC
Pitchers P Aaron Cook, COL P Ryan Dempster, CHC P Dan Haren, ARI P Brad Lidge, PHI P Tim Lincecum, SF P Ben Sheets, MIL P Edinson Volquez, CIN P Billy Wagner, NYM P Brandon Webb, ARI P Brian Wilson, SF P Kerry Wood, CHC P Carlos Zambrano, CHC
Reserves C Russell Martin, LA R/R 1B Brian McCann, ATL L/R 1B Adrian Gonzalez, SD L/L 1B Albert Pujols, STL R/R 2B Dan Uggla, FLA R/R 3B Aramis Ramirez, CHC R/R SS Cristian Guzman, WAS S/R SS Miguel Tejada, HOU R/R OF Matt Holliday, COL R/R OF Ryan Ludwick, STL R/L OF Nate McLouth, PIT
Final Vote Pat Burrell, OF, Phillies Corey Hart, OF, Brewers Carlos Lee, OF, Astros Aaron Rowand, OF, Giants David Wright, 3B, Mets
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smark/net attack Advisory System Status is: Elevated (Holds; June 18, 2006) While the switch from Cena to RVD should alleviate some complaints, the inevitability of the belt's return to Cena (note where Summerslam is this year) and the poor initial showing by the new ECW are enough to keep the indicator where it is for now. The pieces are in place, though, especially on RAW, for improvements to be made to the IWC's psyche in the near future.
At least no Red Sox starting pitchers made the team, thus saving innings for them. If anyone needed 4 days, hell 15 days, off it was Varitek. If this doesn't show the rest of the league hates AJ, nothing else will. Hopefully Francona will be smart and go Saunders to Santana to 7 outs from K-Rod to get through the game.
Neither one of these pitchers made the all-star game this year. But only the first one will be considered a problem he's been lucky enough to get nearly 5 runs in support of him each game to let him get double digit wins, while the other one gets barely 3 runs per start.
And that's why it sucks that John Danks is not on the all-star team. 3rd in the AL in ERA, 8th in WHIP, 11th in K/9, 4th in batter OPS, but because he has had crap luck with his team blowing amazing performances he only has 5 wins.
The NL is weird. No Cole Hamels?? Cristian freaking Guzman is on an All-Star team?? No Jon Rauch as the Nationals' rep?? Bay over Nate "Crap since April" McLouth as the Pirates' rep? Brian Wilson instead of, like, probably 10 other NL pitchers?
Halladay has better start this mother. That is all.
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What I don't understand is no White Sox Pitchers. They seems to be pretty awesome. And while I am an AL hater in general and a Sox hater specifically, I don't get that.
We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
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Originally posted by The American Mustache Institute"The only choice for the final roster spot on the 2008 American League All-Star Team is Jason Giambi. He not only represents the great Yankees dynasty previously led by the likes of Reggie Jackson – the father of the mustache in modern-day baseball – but Giambi represents the hopes and dreams of the previously downtrodden mustached American, a breed that was on the U.S. Endangered Species list as recently as 2005. Clearly, the voting public must takes into account Giambi’s powerful lip fur, as it signifies great intellect, good looks, and the ability to stare down the most powerful of martial arts gurus. And while none of that may matter on the baseball diamond, it’s the most compelling reason offered for All-Star status in the history of the game."
GUILLEN is the sole Tigers representative?! Not Polanco? Not Granderson? Carlos "My Horrible Fielding/Age Necessitated the Trades That Hurt the Tigers Pitching and" Guillen?! Carlos "You Play 1st Base By Stepping on People's Feet Right?" Guillen?! Ugh. Just throw that on top of everything else and this was a baaad year for the fan vote.
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Michigan against the SEC: 20-5-1 (7-3 in bowl games)
I can totally handle no Mussina, even as a Yanks fan. Fan voting usually denotes the guys with the most face time make it into the game. On that note, I'm even completely shocked that Jeter made the squad as he's been not such an all star so far this year, but then again, popular players always have more of an edge than the best players.
No Johan Santana makes me grin so hard it hurts.
On that note, next year I'm starting a viral campaign to get the entire Washington Nationals voted in as the all-star team.
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Originally posted by supersalvadoranWhat the hell?!?!? They elected a former 80's pop singer and the Desperate Housewives actress to rep in the all-star game?!?!? How could you not vote for Daivd Wright?...
A wrong was Wrighted this afternoon when Soriano was booted for David.
The lack of Carlos Lee or Jose Reyes is disgusting. Same complaint as every year for me, no more manditory team player reps.
Agreed, but there are problems with any wildcard system. If you want to allow 4 teams in the playoffs, what's the point of even having any divisions? Take your suggestion a logical next step, why not simply have one league with the top four get in?