Every All-Star game thereâ€™s always a difference of opinion about who should be starting or should be a reserve. Hereâ€™s my take on the 2007 controversy and also a quick look at some overall hitting stats.In the American League, itâ€™s a shame that Los Angeles Angelsâ€™ SS Orlando Cabrera was not voted in while Derek Jeter was. It may just be habit or big town market and power versus an over-crowded West Coast market that caused Jeter to get the vote. Sure Jeter is batting .338, but Cabrera is hitting .337. Cabrera has 8 less errors (4 to 12 for Jeter) and 9 more RBI (48 to 39 for Jeter). Cabreraâ€™s having a better all-around year and should be on the team.
Kevin Youkilis is Beatownâ€™s first baseman but did not get a spot on the ballot. Why? Because the game is in a National League park and that means no DH. So, instead of Youkilis appearing on the ballot under first basemen fan-favorite David Ortiz, who occasionally plays first (when the teamâ€™s in a NL stadium) was placed on the voting slip. And Big Papi was elected. First of all, Youkilis has played well at first this season, almost flawless fielding. Second, he leads all first basemen in BA with a .326 BA (Ortiz is at .314 as a DH). Youkilis OPS is .924!
In the NL, Edgar Renteria, the Bravesâ€™ SS, has the best BA of all NL guys at that position– .324. His .879 OPS is higher than All-Star starter Jose Reyes and reserve J.J. Hardy. This choice simply looks like it should have been a no-brainer. Renteria should be starting for the National League.
The Metsâ€™ David Wright starts at third. But you could make the argument that Aramis Ramirez of the Cubs should be starting. Wright is bating .286, with 14 homers and 44 RBI. Ramirez has 15 homeruns and 47 RBI. His BA is 306.
Hereâ€™s something to ponder, the AL starters BA is .331 while the NL starting squad is at .297. Perhaps voters need to be more careful in considering who represents the NL when it comes to offensive output?
Weâ€™ll see. Oh, and the AL pitching looks stronger too. Donâ€™t forget, like it or not, the game determines home field advantage for the World Series. This year, with Barry Bonds but a few home runs from setting a new lifetime four-bagger record, Bonds get the start in the outfield in his home town park.
It should be an interesting All-Star game. Will anyone be watching?