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Friday, July 08, 2022

Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout lead way as MLB announces All-Star Game starters

The starters for each league:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

C: Alejandro Kirk, Blue Jays (1st selection): 74% to 26% over Jose Trevino

1B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Blue Jays (2nd selection): 66% to 34% over Ty France

2B: Jose Altuve, Astros (8th selection): 57% to 43% over Santiago Espinal

SS: Tim Anderson, White Sox (2nd selection): 55% to 45% over Bo Bichette

3B: Rafael Devers, Red Sox (2nd selection): 60% to 40% over Jose Ramirez

OF: Aaron Judge, Yankees (4th selection): automatic selection as leading vote-getter

OF: Mike Trout, Angels (10th selection) and Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees (5th selection): over George Springer and Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

DH: Shohei Ohtani, Angels (2nd selection): 52% over 48% over Yordan Alvarez

NATIONAL LEAGUE

C: Willson Contreras, Cubs (3rd selection): 65% to 35% over Travis d’Arnaud

1B: Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals (8th selection): 67% to 33% over Pete Alonso

2B: Jazz Chisholm Jr., Marlins (1st selection): 59% to 41% over Ozzie Albies

SS: Trea Turner, Dodgers (2nd selection): 52% to 48% over Dansby Swanson

3B: Manny Machado, Padres (6th selection): 51% to 49% over Nolan Arenado

OF: Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves (3rd selection): automatic starter as leading vote-getter

OF: Mookie Betts, Dodgers (6th selection) and Joc Pederson, Giants (2nd selection): over Starling Marte and Adam Duvall

DH: Bryce Harper, Phillies (7th selection): 59% to 41% over William Contreras

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2022 at 10:01 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. gehrig97 Posted: July 09, 2022 at 07:07 PM (#6086111)
Anyone else worried about Trout? He's been Gallo-esque for a month-and-a-half now.
   2. John Northey Posted: July 09, 2022 at 07:15 PM (#6086115)
Due to a major internet outage in Canada yesterday Springer might have lost his slot in the OF. Few in Canada could vote at the last minute due to it - I know I tried but couldn't. Would've been funny to get 6 Jays on the team though.
   3. JJ1986 Posted: July 09, 2022 at 07:19 PM (#6086116)
Adam Duvall??????
   4. John Northey Posted: July 09, 2022 at 08:08 PM (#6086122)
Funny, if you are going to say 'lead the way' shouldn't you go with the guys who won by the most? Alejandro Kirk getting 74% is pretty dominate, 2nd was Vlad Guerrero Jr with 66% so instead of emphasizing the LA Angels the emphasis should be on the 2 Blue Jays. Of course, that might be home town bias showing too.
   5. cardsfanboy Posted: July 10, 2022 at 02:51 PM (#6086144)
Funny, if you are going to say 'lead the way' shouldn't you go with the guys who won by the most? Alejandro Kirk getting 74% is pretty dominate, 2nd was Vlad Guerrero Jr with 66% so instead of emphasizing the LA Angels the emphasis should be on the 2 Blue Jays. Of course, that might be home town bias showing too.


Yep, let's brag about a city stuffing the ballot box... At one point in time it was argued that the Blue Jays might have had 6 players in the final ballot. Ballot stuffing is bs and the reason why the fan vote is ridiculous. Kirk is clearly all star worthy, beyond that, there is a bunch of decent players who are probably not remotely the best choice for the position. Good enough for the second or third spot of course, but not the best option out there. (I mean seriously, does anyone think Bo Bichette, George Springer or Santiago Espinal remotely belong in the all star conversation?)
   6. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 10, 2022 at 05:30 PM (#6086163)
Sad that I've reached the level of disengagement with contemporary MLB that there is now an ASG starter I've literally never heard of (Kirk) until reading this story.
   7. cardsfanboy Posted: July 10, 2022 at 06:40 PM (#6086170)
Sad that I've reached the level of disengagement with contemporary MLB that there is now an ASG starter I've literally never heard of (Kirk) until reading this story.



Dude. I literally just learned that Gil Hodges and Jim Kaat are being inducted into the hof...only because of an MLB commercial I watched today. It's possible I knew this before and forgot, but I literally was thinking a couple of days ago about how eventually Gil Hodges and Jim Kaat (and Tommy John and Dick Allen and Steve Garvey) will eventually be inducted, without bothering to check that they are going in this year.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 10, 2022 at 06:47 PM (#6086171)
That is sad! Kirk is a chunky boi and he's fun to watch!
   9. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: July 10, 2022 at 08:12 PM (#6086176)
Yeah, Kirk is cool. He's maybe 5'6" in heels, and built like a marshmallow. But he's also really good.
   10. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 10, 2022 at 10:26 PM (#6086185)
So he's got PRD's body type too (except I'm 6' and built like a marshmallow)? Yes, RR, that is sad!

And my condolences to cfb too.
   11. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 10, 2022 at 11:26 PM (#6086188)
Kirk is cool. He's maybe 5'6" in heels, and built like a marshmallow.
I’d like to see Tim Kurkjian (5’5”) interview Kirk, so we can measure how inflated his official 5’8” height is.
   12. Rally Posted: July 11, 2022 at 08:32 AM (#6086200)
Kirk looks like an Ewok
   13. John Northey Posted: July 11, 2022 at 11:18 AM (#6086215)
Springer was named by the league to the team so clearly he did belong in the conversation. Yeah, I used to get annoyed with ballot stuffing when I was a kid and thought the game was supposed to be best vs best, but lets be real this is purely an exhibition for fun. Part of the fun is stuffing the ballot box which means it will be super-hard for a player in Florida to ever make it. If the league wanted to stop it there are an assortment of ways to do so but instead they encourage it with the 5 votes per day thing and the constant marketing of it. The Jays fans just were the most into it this year.
   14. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 11, 2022 at 01:46 PM (#6086237)
Kirk should not be considered in because of ballot stuffing. He's far and away the best catcher in the AL this year:

                                                   
Rk              Player WAR   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS OPS+
1       Alejandro Kirk 3.1 .309 .395 .481 .876  147
2         Jose Trevino 2.2 .261 .308 .439 .747  113
3           Jonah Heim 1.9 .265 .317 .479 .796  126
4          Cal Raleigh 1.6 .199 .269 .455 .724  106
5    Christian Vazquez 1.1 .292 .339 .429 .768  110


   15. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 11, 2022 at 03:48 PM (#6086252)

Right, Kirk is obviously qualified. Am I supposed to be upset about seeing Vlad at first base rather than Ty France?

Part of the fun is stuffing the ballot box which means it will be super-hard for a player in Florida to ever make it.

It can't be that hard, otherwise Jazz Chisholm wouldn't have been elected to start this year.

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