After covering the AL this afternoon, let’s take a look at my NL All-Star ballot.
McCann and Flores are both performing well in limited action, while Molina is the best defensive catcher in baseball and a decent hitter to boot. Lots of competition here, as you could make a case for John Baker, Carlos Ruiz, or Russell Martin, but I’m happy with the three above.
I went with 12 pitchers to satisfy the one player per team approach, so I had to lose a position player somewhere, and first base is where I decided to skip out on the third guy. Joey Votto‘s DL stint hurt him, and there’s not much separating the group that contains Prince Fielder, Ryan Howard, and Nick Johnson, so I went with none of the above.
The first two here are easy as well, while Phillips edges out guys like Freddy Sanchez due to superior defense.
The Braves should be thanking their lucky stars that the Padres didn’t take Escobar and run over the winter.
Three pretty easy picks here. Sorry, Casey Blake fans.
The Just Missed guy: Scott Hairston. Finally living up to some of the hype he got as a minor league hitter, and handling himself just fine in the outfield to boot. But the NL has a lot of really good outfielders, and Hairston just can’t quite live up to the bar set by the rest of those guys.
Final team tally:
Four: Atlanta, Los Angeles
Three: New York, Philadelphia
Two: San Diego, Washington, Arizona, Florida, Milwaukee, St. Louis
One: Chicago, Houston, Cincinnati, Colorado, Pittsburgh, San Francisco