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Sunday, July 6, 2008

2008 All-Star Rosters

The 2008 All-Star Game will be held July 15 at Yankee Stadium.

Here are both leagues' rosters:

American League Starters

C: Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
1B: Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox
2B: Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
3B: Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
SS: Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
OF: Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
OF: Manny Ramirez, Boston Red Sox
OF: Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners
DH: David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox (Injured)

American League Reserves

C: Jason Varitek, Boston Red Sox
C: Dioner Navarro, Tampa Bay Rays
1B: Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins
2B: Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers
3B: Joe Crede, Chicago White Sox
INF: Carlos Guillen, Detroit Tigers
SS: Michael Young, Texas Rangers
OF: Carlos Quentin, Chicago White Sox
OF: J.D. Drew Boston Red Sox
OF: Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians
OF: Milton Bradley, Texas Rangers

American League Pitchers

Scott Kazmir, Tampa Bay Rays
George Sherrill, Baltimore Orioles
Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays

Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
Jonathan Papelbon, Boston Red Sox
Justin Duchscherer, Oakland Athletics
Joe Nathan, Minnesota Twins
Joakim Soria, Kansas City Royals
Cliff Lee, Cleveland Indians
Francisco Rodriguez, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Ervin Santana, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Joe Saunders, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

American League Final Vote Candidates

Jermaine Dye, Chicago White Sox
Jason Giambi, New York Yankees
Jose Guillen, Kansas City Royals
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
Brian Roberts, Baltimore Orioles

National League Starters

C: Geovany Soto, Chicago Cubs
1B: Lance Berkman, Houston Astros
2B: Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
3B: Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves
SS: Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins
OF: Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
OF: Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs
OF: Kosuke Fukudome, Chicago Cubs

National League Reserves

C: Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
C: Russell Martin, Los Angeles Dodgers
1B: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego Padres
2B: Dan Uggla, Florida Marlins
3B: Aramis Ramirez, Chicago Cubs
SS: Cristian Guzman, Washington Nationals
SS: Miguel Tejada, Houston Astros
OF: Matt Holliday, Colorado Rockies
OF: Ryan Ludwick, St. Louis Cardinals
OF: Nate McLouth, Pittsburgh Pirates

National League Pitchers

Aaron Cook, Colorado Rockies
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
Dan Haren, Arizona Diamondbacks
Ben Sheets, Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs
Brandon Webb, Arizona Diamondbacks
Ryan Dempster, Chicago Cubs
Brian Wilson, San Francisco Giants
Edinson Volquez, Cincinnati Reds
Kerry Wood, Chicago Cubs
Brad Lidge, Philadelphia Phillies
Billy Wagner, New York Mets

National League Final Vote Candidates

Pat Burrell, Philadelphia Phillies
Corey Hart, Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Lee, Houston Astros
Aaron Rowand, San Francisco Giants
David Wright, New York Mets

Your thoughts?

My first thought is: why was Jason Varitek and his .661 OPS included as an American League reserve? What a joke. I hope he doesn't play.

I'm also disappointed that Mike Mussina wasn't selected. His 11 wins certainly was deserving of a spot.


Anonymous said...

I like Moose too, but I don't understand the cry for him to make the All-Star game. All the starting pitchers that made the all-star team are having better seasons than Moose, so therefore he doesn't deserve a spot on the team. Which one of those guys deserves it less than Moose? They have all been better than him.

And even if a spot opened up for him, there are still other pitchers left off the team that are having better or similar seasons to Moose - Hernandez, Lackey, Greinke, Danks, Harden, Beckett, Shields, Garza, and Marcum.

Now, if you want to argue that a guy like Sherrill shouldn't be there, I'd totally agree with that. But I'm assuming he would be replaced with another closer, like Jenks or Morrow. And even if he wasn't replaced with a closer, the idea that Moose is the main front-runner for the next pitching spot is pretty far-fetched in my estimation. He's done well, but he doesn't deserve to be an all-star.

Andrew Fletcher said...

Good post. Maybe I'm a little biased with Mussina, but what he's doing at this age (reinventing himself, essentially) has been remarkable.

I think Danks is another pitcher who most deserved to be selected.

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