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Your American League All-Star vote leaders

May 24, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

2010 All-Star Game.JPGIt’s early yet, but if the All-Star voting ended today, the nine starting position players in the AL
would be
:

C: Joe Mauer
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Robinson Cano
SS: Derek Jeter
3B: Evan
Longoria
OF: Ichiro Suzuki, Carl Crawford, Nelson Cruz
DH: Vladimir
Guerrero.

There have been worse voting results in history, but this one is far from perfect. Mauer, Longoria and Guerrero are obvious choices at their position thus far. Otherwise:

  • Teixeira is an awful choice — Justin Morneau is destroying baseballs this year.
  • Cano is probably the best choice at second, but Ty Wigginton is pretty close.
  • No one is having a fabulous season at short in the AL, but Jeter isn’t having the best either. I’d go with Elvis Andrus I suppose, or maybe Alex Gonzalez, depending on how you feel about contact vs. power vs. glove dynamics;
  • In the outfield the Nelson Cruz choice is a good one even with his limited playing time. I understand the Crawford and Suzuki picks, but [gulp] Vernon Wells and Alexis Rios are having great seasons so far, as are Shin-Soo Choo, Magglio Ordonez, and Nick Swisher.
  • DH is the right choice, but check out the vote getters directly behind Vlad: Matsui, Griffey, Pat Burrell and Big Papi.  Is this a reflection on the state of the DH in baseball, or a harsh comment on the state of fandom?  You be the judge.

And for the record, I’ll be updating this kind of thing throughout the early summer — NL vote leaders tomorrow — and when I do I’ll likely be critical of the vote totals. However, I realize that this is a fan’s vote and that the All-Star Game is a fan’s game.

It’s my personal preference that those who are playing best in the first half get honored, but I know that I don’t have a monopoly on wisdom when it comes to this subject. And ultimately? The All-Star Game has become something of a blah event anyway, so who cares?  More on that as the summer wears on as well.

  1. J. McCann - May 24, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    After just lecturing people about sample size, you should know better than to go by less than half a season for finding deserving all-stars.
    It should at least be based from a date a year ago, or last season’s stats + this season’s stats (while maybe weighting this season’s a bit higher).

  2. BCTF - May 24, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    All Star votes should only be based on this years performance. Yes we are only 8 weeks in but based on the numbers of those 8 weeks, Teixeira should not even be in the top 5 let alone number 1.

  3. sjp - May 24, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    I agree with McCann. It is an All-Star game, not an all-small-sample-size-from-the-first-half game. I would much prefer a game with a bunch of stars that had pedestrian first halves than a game peppered with guys riding a few months of luck, who somewhat obviously have no business being in such a game (e.g. Alex Gonzalez, Ty Wigginton).

  4. BCTF - May 24, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    That’s kind of a bullshit All-Star game then. Why would you want to see a bunch of washed up “Stars” in a game when there are more deserving players not in there. Ken Griffy Jr and Manny Rameriez are two of the biggest “Stars” in the last 20 years. Would you wan to see those two guys playing in the game?

  5. ThatGuy - May 24, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    The only real crime that I can see is Tex over Morneau, regardless of past as they have both had success and prior all-stars. Morneau is curshing the ball and has an Avg and OBP that are both about .170 points higher then tex. Not to mention a SlG that is .323 pts higher, which leads to an OPS that is almost .500 pts higher. It would be a crime against baseball if this holds up, even if Morneau comes down a little and tex comes up a little.

  6. Phillies Fan - May 24, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    I think that the history of the player should be washed away and we should focus on what has happend THIS season in the last 8 weeks. Teixeira doesn’t diserve to be in there because he has SUCKED this year. Justin Morneau should be in there because he has ROCKED this year.

  7. thatGuy - May 24, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    *crushing

  8. sjp - May 24, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Did I say washed up? No, I didn’t. There is a giant chasm between a star having a couple of average months and an old washed up star.

  9. Ben - May 24, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Mark Teixeira=.3 WAR.
    Justin Morneau=3.6 WAR.
    3.6/.3=12. Justin Morneau has been worth 12 Mark Teixeiras.
    Justin Morneau=34.9 VORP.
    Mark Teixeira=-0.1 (Yes, there’s a zero and period in front of that one. There’s also a negative sign in there)

  10. Joe - May 24, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Give us a month of Jeter being the typical Jeter and Alex Gonzalez being the typical Alex Gonzalez, and the voting will be just fine. As a fan, I vote for who I want to see, which is the established stars. The small-sample wonders can get in as backups.

  11. Jason @ IIATMS - May 24, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Remember that jackass who did the VoteforManny thing last year?
    /that was awesome.

  12. scatterbrian - May 24, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    True, but in looking at only 8 weeks, you get All Stars like Ty Wigginton, Shea Hillenbrand and Gary Matthews Jr. I think there can be a balance of past performance and current season performance.

  13. Alexigirl - May 24, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Do I hear an AMEN? I said do I hear an AMEN?? AAAAMEN!!!!

  14. The S.K. - May 24, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    I want to see the guys who have put on the show THIS year. I don’t want to see guys who live off stardom. What does their bat and performance say this year and how have they pitched their team toward contention. Star power doesn’t win pennants or world series (though it may win contracts due to teams looking at financial gains over on field capability). Any one who thinks a major league player is having a “lucky season” should step back and take a look at the years of development and learning that go into being at that level.
    Star power wins $$$ from hot dogs, seats, t-shirts, and beer. Current performance and clutch play win games. Do you want to see some guy hit in the homerun derby that hasn’t been crushing the ball this year? Personally I want to see someone get an at bat in the All-Star game that has energy and the fire of the moment lighting up their swing. I want to see the stories of today so that when I look back and remember the All-Star game of 2010, I remember that, “Damn, Vlad Guerrero was crushing that year!” Not, “Yep, another year of the KGJ regime at DH.” You snooze, you loose…heh heh…
    Give the roster spot to who’s hot, exciting, an lighting up the league. Really, I think it’s better for the business end too…”Sweet, I got a 2010 Ty Wigginton All Star Jersey… GO Orioles!!!”
    One more example…would you really want to see Carlos Zambrano pitching as a starter in the All Star game this year, when his coach, organization, fan base, and even himself…have embraced and accepted his demotion to the pen?

  15. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - May 24, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Heard that guy hooked up with Neyer’s Sweet Spot, after that the fame went to his head and we never heard from him again :)

  16. Jason @ IIATMS - May 24, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    CotPO: You only WISH that were true! mwahahahahaha

  17. tadthebad - May 24, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Don’t forget the radio spots – got everyone real lathered up over that one. Thought that guy had a future in that blogging business…

  18. PAU - May 24, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    All-star voting started, what… 4 weeks into the season?
    No way should 2010 stats be used as a determinant in that small of a sample.

  19. hardjuge - May 24, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    You want All-stars or fan favorites? That is the question. Letting the fans vote your get fan favorites, letting players, managers and coaches vote you get All-stars. It is a question of what do you what. Frankly, I prefer All-stars.

  20. Nora - May 24, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    If they have the ballots up already then it is definately ok to take the sample size don’t you think? People are voting already aren’t they? Not based on who the better player is in some cases.

  21. davidc45629 - May 24, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    never underestimate the ignorance of a voter. elections have consequences.

  22. Jacquie - May 25, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    I agree – Teixeira has NO business in the top 5. The others are losing by sheer population. Nobody is more deserving than Morneau.
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=128941000456490&ref=mf

  23. Amelia - Jun 3, 2010 at 10:56 PM

    Morneau’s stats are even better than Mauers.. and Mauer is “an obvious choice”… I will be pissed if Teixeira wins starting 1st base.

  24. Texfan - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    Andrus is having a better year than Jeter and has more range at short.

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