Catcher: Ivan Rodriguez, Detroit
First Base: David Ortiz, Boston
Second Base: Placido Polanco, Detroit
Third Base: Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
Shortstop: Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
Outfield: Vladimir Guerrero, L.A. Angels; Magglio Ordonez, Detroit; Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle.
Catcher: Victor Martinez, Cleveland; Jorge Posada*, New York Yankees
Infielders: Carlos Guillen, Detroit; Mike Lowell, Boston; Justin Morneau, Minnesota; Brian Roberts, Baltimore; Michael Young, Texas.
Outfielders: Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay; Torii Hunter, Minnesota; Manny Ramirez, Boston; Alex Rios, Toronto; Grady Sizemore, Cleveland.
Josh Beckett, Boston; Dan Haren, Oakland; Bobby Jenks, Chicago White Sox; John Lackey, L.A. Angels; Gil Meche, Kansas City; Jonathan Papelbon, Boston; J.J. Putz, Seattle; Francisco Rodriguez, L.A. Angels; C.C. Sabathia, Cleveland; Johan Santana, Minnesota; Justin Verlander, Detroit.
Catcher: Russell Martin, L.A. Dodgers
First Base: Prince Fielder, Milwaukee
Second Base: Chase Utley, Philadelphia
Third Base: David Wright, New York Mets
Shortstop: Jose Reyes, New York Mets
Outfield: Carlos Beltran, New York Mets; Barry Bonds**, San Francisco; Ken Griffey Jr., Cincinnati.
Catcher: Brian McCann, Atlanta
Infielders: Miguel Cabrera, Florida; J.J. Hardy, Milwaukee; Orlando Hudson, Arizona; Derrek Lee, Chicago Cubs; Albert Pujols, St. Louis; Freddy Sanchez, Pittsburgh; Dmitri Young, Washington.
Outfielders: Matt Holliday, Colorado; Carlos Lee, Houston; Aaron Rowand, Philadelphia; Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs.
Francisco Cordero, Milwaukee; Brian Fuentes, Colorado; Cole Hamels, Philadelphia; Trevor Hoffman, San Diego; Jake Peavy, San Diego; Brad Penny, L.A. Dodgers; Takashi Saito, L.A. Dodgers; Ben Sheets, Milwaukee; John Smoltz, Atlanta; Jose Valverde, Arizona; Billy Wagner, New York Mets.
* Jorge Posada: During the voting I encouraged people to vote for Posada, who’s having the best year of his career (See posts My Man Posada and Vote for Jorge). Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez made the cut only because his pretty face and outgoing personality make him a fan favorite. Posada’s no big looker, and he’s fairly reserved. Good looks and big smiles seem to trump skill and artistry every time.
**Barry Bonds: I’m no fan of the big guy, but I felt sorry for him when it looked like he might not get to play in the All-Star Game in his very own house, so I told people to vote for him and did so myself a few times. His joy at being elected was effusive, and I was glad he made it. A recent article in the SF Chronicle by Dave Zirin posits that racism plays a large part in fan antipathy towards Bonds. You can never count it out—but the fact that the man who’s record he’s about to break, Hank Aaron, was also African-American, takes a little bit away from the argument.
Happy All-Star Game everybody!