2009 NL All Star Voting

For once the fans actually seem to be doing a half way decent job voting for the starters of the All-Star Game.

First Base

Albert Pujols– Pujols has a commanding lead in the voting. What can you say? He’s the best player in the game and should be starting. Sorry Adrian Gonzalez and Ryan Howard you just don’t stand a chance playing the same position as El Hombre.

Second Base

Chase Utley– Utley is having a monster year and is dominating the voting at 2nd. Once again good job fans.

Third Base

David Wright– In all likely hood the 600,000+ vote lead over Chipper Jones and Ryan Zimmerman will hold. This is a complicated position.In a perfect world of unbiased, educated fans slugger Mark Reynolds to at least be in the running. I still think Wright is right pick because of his high average.

Short Stop

Hanley Ramirez– HRam is about 300k votes ahead of Jimmy Rollins? Yea that’s right Jimmy Rollins. Rollins doesn’t even deserve to be a bat boy yet fans are still voting for him. WTF?

Catcher

Yadier Molina– Yadi is about 400k votes ahead of McCann. Had McCann not had issues to start the year he’d probably be in the lead right now. But I think Yadi is the correct pick. It’s all a matter of what do you value more?  Defense or Offense? McCann is the best hitting cather in the NL. Yadi is by far the best defensive catcher in the game. I’d go as far to say, Yaid is the 2nd most valuable player on the Cards roster. For years he’s been one of the most underrated players in the game. So it’s great to finally see him get som recognition.

Outfield

1. Raul Ibanez 2. Ryan Braun 3. Carlos Beltran

These 3 are the most deserving. The only problem is that Beltran is going to miss the ASG. That means 4th place will be the starter. Currently Alfonso Soriano is 4th in voting. Thanks a lot Chicago. The best candidate to take the 3rd starting spot should be Brad Hawpe. Hawpe is not even in the top 15 in votes. .327 avg, .399 OBP, 12 HR, 55 RBI What more does this guy have to do? Get your heads out of your asses fans and stop sleeping on this guy.

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2 Responses

  1. When you play in Coors Field you are going to have to put up otherworldly numbers to get noticed. I think it’s perfectly fair. How is it fair to all the other players in the game who don’t have an incredible park to hit in. Coors Field is an absolute joke and it has been since day one. If you don’t believe me just look at the home, away splits of all the “great” rockie players…walker, helton, Bichette, Holliday. Colorado players need to be judged more harshly.

  2. Unlike other Rockies, Hawpe’s home/road splits generally don’t vary much. Everyone always wanted Matt Holliday from Colorado but I’ve long said that Hawpe was the better of the 2 for that very reason. This year yes, in 94 home ABs at Coors, he’s batting .404 with 4 HR and 27 RBI. He’s logged 154 AB’s on the road and is batting .286 with 9 HR and 29 RBI. But if you look at the past 3(2006-2008) years his splits go as follows:
    Home: .290/39HR/152RBI
    Road: .288/37HR/133RBI

    This guy is consistent no matter what field he plays on. Yet he constantly flies under the radar. He deserves to be in the hunt for a starting spot in the ASG. Hawpe currently isn’t even in the top15 in voting and that’s just a disgrace.

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