Sunday, July 1, 2012

2012 MLB All Stars

Today the 2012 Major League Baseball All Stars were announced for the July 10th All Star Game in Kansas City.

The American League, for the most part, remained as was projected by the vote breakdowns that came out earlier in the week. The National League, on the other hand, had a big shake up at the hands of Giants' fans who voted in three of their players to the starting roster.

Your 2012 All Stars:

American League Starters
C: Mike Napoli (Rangers)
1B: Prince Fielder (Tigers)
2B: Robinson Cano (Yankees)
SS: Derek Jeter (Yankees)
3B: Adrian Beltre (Rangers)
OF: Josh Hamilton (Rangers)
OF: Curtis Granderson (Yankees)
OF: Jose Bautista (Blue Jays)
DH: David Ortiz (Red Sox)

National League Starters
C: Buster Posey (Giants)
1B: Joey Votto (Reds)
2B: Dan Uggla (Braves)
SS: Rafael Furcal (Cardinals)
3B: Pablo Sandoval (Giants)
OF: Matt Kemp (Dodgers)
OF: Carlos Beltran (Cardinals)
OF: Melky Cabrera (Giants)

American League Pitchers
SP: Matt Harrison (Rangers)
RP: Joe Nathan (Rangers)
SP: Felix Hernandez (Mariners)
RP: Ryan Cook (A's)
SP: Justin Verlander (Tigers)
SP: CC Sabathia (Yankees)
SP: C.J. Wilson (Angels)
SP: Jered Weaver (Angels)
RP: Jim Johnson (Orioles)
SP: Chris Sale (White Sox)
RP: Chris Perez (Indians)
RP: Fernando Rodney (Rays)
SP: David Price (Rays)

National League Pitchers
SP: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)
RP: Craig Kimbrel (Braves)
RP: Aroldis Chapman (Reds)
SP: Gio Gonzalez (Nationals)
SP: Stephen Strasburg (Nationals)
SP: Cole Hamels (Phillies)
RP: Jonathan Papelbon (Phillies)
SP: Wade Miley (Diamondbacks)
SP: R.A. Dickey (Mets)
SP: Lance Lynn (Cardinals)
RP: Joel Hanrahan (Pirates)
RP: Huston Street (Padres)
SP: Matt Cain (Giants)

National League Reserves
SS: Starlin Castro (Cubs)
1B: Bryan LaHair (Cubs)
OF: Jay Bruce (Reds)
OF: Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies)
2B: Jose Altuve (Astros)
OF: Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins)
OF: Ryan Braun (Brewers)
3B: David Wright (Mets)
C: Carlos Ruiz (Phillies)
OF: Andrew McCutchen (Pirates)
C: Yadier Molina (Cardinals)
SS: Ian Desmond (Nationals)

American League Reserves
OF: Adam Jones (Orioles)
C: Matt Weiters (Orioles)
DH: Adam Dunn (White Sox)
1B: Paul Konerko (White Sox)
SS: Asdrubel Cabrera (Indians)
3B: Miguel Cabrera (Tigers)
DH: Billy Butler (Royals)
OF: Mike Trout (Angels)
OF/DH/3B: Mark Trumbo (Angels)
C: Joe Mauer (Twins)
SS: Elvis Andrus (Rangers)
2B: Ian Kinsler (Rangers)

National League 34th Man Vote
3B: Chipper Jones (Braves)
OF: Bryce Harper (Nationals)
OF: Michael Bourn (Braves)
2B: Aaron Hill (Diamondbacks)
3B: David Freese (Cardinals)

American League 34th Man Vote
RP: Jonathan Broxton (Royals)
RP: Yu Darvish (Rangers)
RP: Ernesto Frieri (Angels)
SP: Jason Hammel (Orioles)
SP: Jake Peavy (White Sox)

Shockers: David Wright not selected as a starter is a travesty. The Giants' fans really came out and voted for their guys. No surprise that fans of the Mets did not. Still. Not fair. Zack Greinke isn't an All Star which is insane. Has amazing numbers and is one of the few bright spots for the Brewers in this injury-plagued season.

The 34th Man Vote is online here. You have until 4 p.m. (EST) on Thursday to cast your votes. As you can imagine, my vote will be going to veteran Chipper Jones. It's unfortunate that skipper Tony LaRussa didn't select Chipper for the reserves. This is Chipper's final year, he is retiring at the end of the 2012 season. His Atlanta teammate, Michael Bourn, may be more deserving on the season, but this could be Chipper's ASG swan song (similar to the 2001 final ASG appearance by Cal Ripken, Jr.).

Now go vote!

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