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— Where BTF's Members Investigate the Grand Old Game
Tuesday, July 10, 2001
The Primer Team’s 2001 All Star Ballots
We share our All Star ballots. Now it’s your turn.
Last week I asked the regular contributors to the Primer to pass along their selections for the starting lineups for the All Star Game. Although they quickly responded, I couldn’t write up the results until today because my wife severely restricted my computer time shortly after I posted my bobblehead blog entry.
In total, I received seven thoughtfully crafted ballots. Eight ballots were submitted, but I had to throw out Dan Szymborski’s Cal Ripken-laden ballotsorry Dan, Ripken can’t start at every position.
Here’s our selections (including links to each player’s ESPN stats page):
Helton (6), Ryan
Unanimous picks: Jason Giambi, Troy Glaus, Alex Rodriguez, Rich Aurilia
Picks made while looking to the past: Mike Piazza, Ellis Burks, Mark McGwire
Picks made while looking to the future: Paul LoDuca, Lance Berkman, Albert Pujols, J.D. Drew
Picks made from the DL: Pedro Martinez
Picks made while drinking and clutching a Mets blanket: Robin Ventura
Solo Picks: Ryan Klesko, Robin Ventura, Paul LoDuca, Randy Johnson, Raul Mondesi, Mike Camerson, Dante Bichette, Bret Boone, Ellis Burks
Players not selected to All Star Teams: Greg Maddux, Dante Bichette, Robin Ventura, Ellis Burks
Picks made to aggravate Chris Dial: Dante Bichette
Ballots containing Bobby Valentine’s favorite player: 0
Sentimental selections: Mark McGwire
Picks made while suffering from severe head trauma: Ellis Burks
Picks made which suggest we are smarter than Bobby Valentine: Greg Maddux
Picks which make my skin crawl: Roger Clemens
Picks made while channeling Mike Hampton’s agent: Mike Hampton
Closest contests: Berkman/Sosa, Posada/Rodriguez, Kent/Biggio, Suzuki/Williams
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