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All-Star lineups include Ryan Howard as NL designated hitter

Jul 12, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

Charlie Manuel overlooked a 150-point difference in OPS to pick Ryan Howard over Joey Votto for the All-Star team, so even after Votto was added to the NL squad via’s “Final Vote” contest it’s no surprise that the Phillies’ manager went with Howard at designated hitter. Or that he’s batting cleanup.
Here are the full NL and AL lineups:

   American League                 National League
1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF            1. Hanley Ramirez, SS
2. Derek Jeter, SS              2. Martin Prado, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B           3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Josh Hamilton, CF            4. Ryan Howard, DH
5. Vladimir Guerrero, DH        5. David Wright, 3B
6. Evan Longoria, 3B            6. Ryan Braun, LF
7. Joe Mauer, C                 7. Andre Ethier, CF
8. Robinson Cano, 2B            8. Corey Hart, RF
9. Carl Crawford, LF            9. Yadier Molina, C

Miguel Cabrera replaced Justin Morneau in the AL lineup, while Martin Prado and Corey Hart replaced Chase Utley and Jason Heyward in the NL lineup.
All-Star outfields are often oddly arranged because there’s no “center fielder” spot on the ballot, but Manuel choosing Andre Ethier to start in center field is especially odd considering he has zero experience there as a major leaguer and Corey Hart has played 51 career games there.

  1. Jonny5 - Jul 12, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    I’m Sorry Aaron, but Hart is a big slow lumberjack kinda guy and Eithier is quicker. I don’t know what the 51 games has to do with anything honestly. But don’t the fast guys tend to get CF with the slower guys in the Left and Right? I think it’s common sense to put the guy with faster wheels in center. Pro baseball players here. Do you think that it really matters if Eithier goes to center??

  2. scatterbrian - Jul 12, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Polanco didn’t win the fan vote. Wright did.

  3. scatterbrian - Jul 12, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Hart has 68 steals in 602 career games, including two seasons of 23. Ethier has 18 total in 650 games. Neither one of them is a really good fielder anyway, but while Hart is well below average, Ethier is brutal.

  4. Windu - Jul 12, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Braun, Either, Hart has got to be one of the worst defensive outfields in recent memory.

  5. MN Boise Fan - Jul 12, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Then you’ve never seen the rare occasion when the Twins trot out Young-Cuddyer-Kubel

  6. Jonny5 - Jul 12, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    You’re right on. I stand corrected. I think every OF in LA deserves a handicap dealing with all that ground though……FPCT would be better I’m sure in Millwawkee, whatcha think? Put outs? Assists?

  7. scatterbrian - Jul 12, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Think of the number of outs lost in those OFs. UZR over the last two years:
    Rivera: 9.2 UZR
    Hunter: -0.3
    Abreu: -11.3
    Manny: -16.8
    Kemp: -18.8
    Ethier: -19.0

  8. jwb - Jul 12, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    How soon they forget the legendary Daugherty/Incaviglia/Sierra outfield.

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