While I was watching the Yankees take down the Cleveland Indians last night (thanks, in part, to that thrilling grand slam by Mark Teixeira), I filled out my first (and probably last) All Star Ballot. For some reason, I'm not "into" voting this year. In fact, I'm not into the entire All Star Game experience this year. Perhaps it's because the festivities will take place at Citi Field or, maybe I'm just sick of an exhibition game "counting." I don't know for sure. I just know that I don't really care about it this year.
That being said, I did put some thought into how I voted. My only criteria were batting average and, to a lesser extent, name recognition and overall body of work. Here's my ballot:
1B Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
2B Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
3B Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
SS Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers
C Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
OF Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
OF Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles
OF Mike Trout, LA Angels of Anaheim
DH Kendrys Morales, Seattle Mariners
I might have chosen Travis Hafner for DH had he not started slumping several weeks ago. Therefore, the only Yankee I voted for was Robinson Cano.
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
2B Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
3B Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants
SS Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers
C Yadier Molina, St Louis Cardinals
OF Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
OF Carlos Beltran, St Louis Cardinals
OF Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
Pablo Sandoval might be a stretch. However, I think I did a pretty good job with the rest of the National League.
So, what do you think? Who did/would you vote for? Leave your comments below!