June 28, 2012
On the Beat
Picking the All-Stars
The rosters for this year's All-Star Game will be announced Sunday, once all the fan and player ballots have been tabulated and the managers of both teams have made their selections. Who can wait until Sunday, though? Why not let the inevitable debates start a few days early?
Here are my All-Star teams for both leagues. For the most part, I follow the major-league guidelines with 34-man rosters and each team having a representative. My only departure is that I pick the outfielders by position. Why MLB continues the archaic practice of not splitting the outfielders up by position for All-Star voting is something I don't understand.
As usual, I rely quite a bit on sabermetrics to help me with the picks, so that's why some players—Yu Darvish, for instance—aren't among my picks. After all, this is a sabermetric-based website, so you can't expect wins and RBI to be determining factors.
Statistics are through Tuesday.
2B-Aaron Hill, Diamondbacks (.294/.359/.496, 1.8): Sometimes he's good and sometimes he's bad, but he's played well so far this season.