Guess what? The 2014 All-Star Ballot is now in. It’s like seeing all your favorite superheros on a list and you get to pick which ones get to go to battle. I know that they are human beings just like us, but they are the best at what they do and I love this game and watching them play. So if I were Bud Selig and got to pick my own rosters, this is who I would pick and why.
Catcher: Kurt Suzuki Minnesota Twins – This guy is just killing it right now. Leading the AL in RBIs for catchers. He is sick behind the plate and and is hitting over .300. He is without a doubt my pick.
First Base: Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox – This rookie is going above all others and leading the AL in homeruns. Easily has my vote.
Second Base: Ian Kinsler Detroit Tigers – Class act and just an incredible player to watch. He only has 2 bombs but with 14 RBIs so far, he is a threat with his bat and with his glove.
Shortstop: Derek Jeter New York Yankees – I know that his stats may not be the best this season so far, but this future Hall of Famer and Gold Glove winner deserves to be in his last all-star game. I’m not a Yankee fan, but i am a fan of class and raw talent.
Third Base: Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays – I am on the fence because I am a fan of Josh Donaldson on the Athletics as well but I know Evan Longoria will be the pick. Pure power at the plate and is one of the best gloves at third.
Left Field: Michael Brantley Cleveland Indians – Speed, power and all around stud. He would for sure lock left field down.
Center Field: Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels – Hands down easiest pick I have had to make. This baseball prodigy is a class act as well as a raw, pure talent. You will undoubtedly be seeing him play center field this year.
Right Field: Torii Hunter Detroit Tigers – Probably one of my favorite outfielders of all time. Slugging power and Gold Glove capabilities, too easy of a decision.
Catcher: Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals – The Molina brothers are legends in baseball but by far Yadier Molina is the best catcher in the NL. Defensively and offensively. Easy pick.
First Base: Adrian Gonzalez Los Angeles Dodgers – This guy is blowing the NL out of the water. Leading in HRs and RBIs out of all other first basemans. How could you not pick Adrian.
Second Base: Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies – This Philly team leader is by far one of the greats for this generation. Batting over .350 right now with more than a dozen RBIs, he
is on the track to a great season.
Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies – By far one of the best shortstops in the NL. Batting just under .350 and closing down the left side of the infield, again one of the easier picks for this ballot.
Third Base: Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies – This kid just turned 23 and is playing his second year in the bigs and is putting up big numbers. His defensive capabilities are up there with the best as well.
Left Field: Justin Upton Atlanta Braves – Killer glove in the outfield and batting over.300 with 7 bombs, yeah easy pick.
Center Field: Charlie Blackmon Colorado Rockies – This guy just speaks for himself. Leading the major’s with a .402 batting average and stellar defensive plays saving runs. He needs to be playing Center field come July, no questions asked.
Right Field: Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins – Words don’t do justice for this guy. All-Star is in his blood. Almost 30 RBIs this early in the season, leading the NL. In second place on HR leader board. Ya go ahead and put him on the roster now.
So there you have it, your 2014 All-Star picks. As of now, these are my predictions. Once the rosters are finalized we can compare my picks to the final rosters, and I think you’ll see that they’ll be identical. Just kidding! I know there’s a lot of ball to be played between now and then, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
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