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It’s July, and that means another All-Star Game, one which—we might as well get this out of the way now—won’t be as exciting as those wonderful old All-Star Games  when important things happened, like Ted Williams breaking his elbow and Dizzy Dean breaking a toe (Williams said he was never the same hitter; Dean destroyed his arm with altered mechanics) and Ray Fosse getting run over because damn it, Pete Rose just had to win an exhibition game.

(It is at times like these that I like to recall Mickey Mantle’s immortal words on the subject of Rose: “If I had played my career hitting singles like Pete, I’d wear a dress.”)

Sure, I sound cynical, but it seems to me that in recent years that the thing folks like best about the All-Star Game is complaining about it. They complain about who is on the roster and who is off, the size of the rosters, the way the managers use the rosters, and the way that Baseball tried to make an exhibition important by adding the non-sequitur that is a postseason punishment to the league that loses.

As we often do at this time, we asked our staff to give us their own All-Star ballots. Below we present 15 lineup cards for you to compare to the official versions that will be released on Sunday. When last MLB clued us in, the leading vote-getters at each position looked like this:

POS

AL

NL

C

Russell Martin

Brian McCann

1B

Adrian Gonzalez

Albert Pujols

2B

Robinson Cano

Rickie Weeks

3B

Alex Rodriguez

Placido Polanco

SS

Derek Jeter

Troy Tulowitzki

OF

Jose Bautista

Ryan Braun

OF

Curtis Granderson

Lance Berkman

OF

Josh Hamilton

Matt Holliday

DH

David Ortiz

As you would expect, our ballots diverge from those of the unschooled masses; there is nary a Martin, Jeter, or Polanco in sight. There are also some large swaths of agreement. However, even within our own ranks there are areas of disagreement, particularly in the matter of who should start the games (Baseball appoints these guys, but we cast our votes anyway) and who deserved the third outfield spot in each league, since there is no clear choice in either circuit:

We preferred Justin Verlander to start the game for the American League over Jered Weaver by a vote of 8-7. No other starting pitcher was named. Ben Zobrist out-poled Robinson Cano for the AL keystone spot 9-6. Dustin Pedroia was dissed. In the Junior Circuit outfield, Curtis Granderson and Jose Baustista appeared on every ballot, but the third spot was split among Alex Gordon (five votes), Jacoby Ellsbury (three), Brett Gardner (two), Matt Joyce (two), Brennan Boesch, Adam Jones, and Carlos Quentin (one each).

In the National League outfield voting, Matt Kemp and Ryan Braun appeared on every ballot, but thereafter there was a similar chaos, with choices for the third spot scattered to Lance Berkman (five votes) , Andrew McCutchen (five), Justin Upton (four), and Jay Bruce (one).

The All-Star rosters are a tremendous source for debate, and I suppose that anything that gets people talking about the game is good (unless it’s Frank McCourt), and as an experiment in crowd sourcing (however imperfect due to, among other things, unbalanced attendance) it has its value as a snapshot of who believed what about which players at a given moment in time. Here is our snapshot, one we will no doubt continue to debate with you right through our annual in-game chat on July 12—Steven Goldman

Individual Ballots:  

 


R.J. Anderson

POS

AL

NL

C

Alex Avila

Brian McCann

1B

Adrian Gonzalez

Prince Fielder

2B

Ben Zobrist

Rickie Weeks

3B

Alex Rodriguez

Chase Headley

SS

Asdrubal Cabrera

Jose Reyes

OF

Alex Gordon

Ryan Braun

OF

Curtis Granderson

Andrew McCutchen

OF

Jose Bautista

Matt Kemp

DH

Miguel Cabrera

Joey Votto

SP

Jered Weaver

Roy Halladay


Craig Brown

POS

AL

NL

C

Alex Avila

Brian McCann

1B

Miguel Cabrera

Prince Fielder

2B

Ben Zobrist

Rickie Weeks

3B

Alex Rodriguez

Chase Headley

SS

Asdrubal Cabrera

Jose Reyes

OF

Alex Gordon

Ryan Braun

OF

Curtis Granderson

Matt Kemp

OF

Jose Bautista

Justin Upton

DH

David Ortiz

SP

Justin Verlander

Roy Halladay


Derek Carty

POS

AL

NL

C

Alex Avila

Brian McCann

1B

Adrian Gonzalez

Prince Fielder

2B

Ben Zobrist

Rickie Weeks

3B

Alex Rodriguez

Chase Headley

SS

Jhonny Peralta

Jose Reyes

OF

Jacoby Ellsbury

Ryan Braun

OF

Curtis Granderson

Matt Kemp

OF

Jose Bautista

Andrew McCutchen

SP

Justin Verlander

Roy Halladay


Charles Dahan

POS

AL

NL

C

Alex Avila

Brian McCann

1B

Adrian Gonzalez

Prince Fielder

2B

Robinson Cano

Rickie Weeks

3B

Alex Rodriguez

Aramis Ramirez

SS

Asdrubal Cabrera

Troy Tulowitzki

OF

Adam Jones

Ryan Braun

OF

Curtis Granderson

Matt Kemp

OF

Jose Bautista

Jay Bruce

SP

Jered Weaver

Roy Halladay


Corey Dawkins

POS

AL

NL

C

Victor Martinez

Brian McCann

1B

Adrian Gonzalez

Prince Fielder

2B

Robinson Cano

Rickie Weeks

3B

Kevin Youkilis

Ryan Roberts

SS

Asdrubal Cabrera

Jose Reyes

OF

Brennan Boesch

Ryan Braun

OF

Curtis Granderson

Matt Kemp

OF

Jose Bautista

Lance Berkman

SP

Justin Verlander

Roy Halladay


Jeff Euston 

POS

AL

NL

C

Alex Avila

Brian McCann

1B

Miguel Cabrera

Prince Fielder

2B

Robinson Cano

Rickie Weeks

3B

Alex Rodriguez

Aramis Ramirez

SS

Asdrubal Cabrera

Jose Reyes

OF

Matt Joyce

Ryan Braun

OF

Curtis Granderson

Matt Kemp

OF

Jose Bautista

Lance Berkman

SP

Justin Verlander

Roy Halladay


Ken Funck  

POS

AL

NL

C

Alex Avila

Brian McCann

1B

Adrian Gonzalez

Prince Fielder

2B

Ben Zobrist

Rickie Weeks

3B

Kevin Youkilis

Chase Headley

SS

Asdrubal Cabrera

Jose Reyes

OF

Alex Gordon

Ryan Braun

OF

Curtis Granderson

Matt Kemp

OF

Jose Bautista

Lance Berkman

DH

David Ortiz

SP

Jered Weaver

Roy Halladay


Steven Goldman 

POS

AL

NL

C

Alex Avila

Brian McCann

1B

Adrian Gonzalez

Prince Fielder

2B

Ben Zobrist

Rickie Weeks

3B

Alex Rodriguez

Chase Headley

SS

Asdrubal Cabrera

Jose Reyes

OF

Alex Gordon

Andrew McCutchen

OF

Curtis Granderson

Matt Kemp

OF

Jose Bautista

Ryan Braun

DH

Miguel Cabrera

SP

Jered Weaver

Roy Halladay


Kevin Goldstein 

POS

AL

NL

C

Alex Avila

Brian McCann

1B

Miguel Cabrera

Prince Fielder

2B

Robinson Cano

Rickie Weeks

3B

Kevin Youkilis

Chase Headley

SS

Asdrubal Cabrera

Jose Reyes

OF

Jose Bautista

Ryan Braun

OF

Curtis Granderson

Matt Kemp

OF

Carlos Quentin

Lance Berkman

SP

Justin Verlander

Clayton Kershaw


Larry Granillo 

POS

AL

NL

C

Alex Avila

Brian McCann

1B

Adrian Gonzalez

Joey Votto

2B

Robinson Cano

Rickie Weeks

3B

Alex Rodriguez

Chase Headley

SS

Asdrubal Cabrera

Jose Reyes

OF

Matt Joyce

Justin Upton

OF

Curtis Granderson

Matt Kemp

OF

Jose Bautista

Ryan Braun

DH

David Ortiz

Prince Fielder

SP

Jered Weaver

Cliff Lee


Joe Hamrahi 

POS

AL

NL

C

Alex Avila

Brian McCann

1B

Miguel Cabrera

Prince Fielder

2B

Robinson Cano

Rickie Weeks

3B

Alex Rodriguez

Aramis Ramirez

SS

Asdrubal Cabrera

Jose Reyes

OF

Curtis Granderson

Ryan Braun

OF

Jose Bautista

Matt Kemp

OF

Jacoby Ellsbury

Lance Berkman

SP

Justin Verlander

Cliff Lee


Ben Lindbergh 

POS

AL

NL

C

Alex Avila

Brian McCann

1B

Adrian Gonzalez

Prince Fielder

2B

Ben Zobrist

Rickie Weeks

3B

Alex Rodriguez

Chase Headley

SS

Asdrubal Cabrera

Jose Reyes

OF

Brett Gardner

Ryan Braun

OF

Curtis Granderson

Matt Kemp

OF

Jose Bautista

Justin Upton

SP

Jered Weaver

Roy Halladay


Rob McQuown

POS

AL

NL

C

Alex Avila

Brian McCann

1B

Miguel Cabrera

Joey Votto

2B

Robinson Cano

Danny Espinosa

3B

Kevin Youkilis

Chase Headley

SS

Asdrubal Cabrera

Jose Reyes

OF

Alex Gordon

Ryan Braun

OF

Curtis Granderson

Matt Kemp

OF

Jose Bautista

Andrew McCutchen

SP

Jered Weaver

Roy Halladay

 

Ben Murphy 

POS

AL

NL

C

Alex Avila

Brian McCann

1B

Adrian Gonzalez

Joey Votto

2B

Ben Zobrist

Rickie Weeks

3B

Alex Rodriguez

Chipper Jones

SS

Asdrubal Cabrera

Jose Reyes

OF

Alex Gordon

Ryan Braun

OF

Curtis Granderson

Matt Kemp

OF

Jose Bautista

Andrew McCutchen

DH

Miguel Cabrera

Lance Berkman

SP

Jered Weaver

Clayton Kershaw


John Perrotto 

POS

AL

NL

C

Alex Avila

Brian McCann

1B

Adrian Gonzalez

Prince Fielder

2B

Ben Zobrist

Rickie Weeks

3B

Alex Rodriguez

Chase Headley

SS

Asdrubal Cabrera

Jose Reyes

OF

Jacoby Ellsbury

Ryan Braun

OF

Curtis Granderson

Matt Kemp

OF

Jose Bautista

Andrew McCutchen

DH

David Ortiz

SP

Justin Verlander

Clayton Kershaw


Dan Turkenkopf 

POS

AL

NL

C

Alex Avila

Brian McCann

1B

Adrian Gonzalez

Joey Votto

2B

Ben Zobrist

Rickie Weeks

3B

Alex Rodriguez

Chase Headley

SS

Asdrubal Cabrera

Jose Reyes

OF

Brett Gardner

Ryan Braun

OF

Curtis Granderson

Matt Kemp

OF

Jose Bautista

Justin Upton

DH

Miguel Cabrera

Prince Fielder

SP

Justin Verlander

Roy Halladay