My 2014 MLB All-Star Ballot
In the American League, I vote with my head for the most part. Who is having the best year at each position? There are a few exceptions to this:
- Derek Jeter will always get my vote at shortstop. Especially this year, his last. He has been a classy individual during his entire career, and deserves to be honored at the All-Star Game just as Cal Ripken was in 2001 and Mike Schmidt was in 1989.
- Mike Trout will likewise always get my vote in the outfield. He is hands-down my favorite non-Reds player.
- I despise designated hitters, so I chose the one with the worst stats. Logan Morrison for the win!
In the National League, I’m Reds almost-all-the-way. I do not like Ryan Ludwick. Not even a little. So he will not ever get my support for the All-Star Game. Giancarlo Stanton is my third outfielder behind Jay Bruce and Billy Hamilton.
How many of these guys do I expect to actually get selected? On the American League side, I believe they all deserve it (except Morrison). On the National League side, not so much. As I mentioned yesterday, Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco are having career years so far. I would love to see them get the call. Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips might actually get voted in by the fans, and while they wouldn’t be the worst selections ever, there are others having better years.
Is Hamilton fever alive outside of Cincinnati? I have no idea. But it’s pretty hard to compete with Stanton, Justin Upton, and a handful of other outfielders that are drilling baseballs like Black & Decker are paying them. In all honesty, Hamilton’s stats don’t warrant an All-Star appearance this year, but he is a lot of fun to watch running around the bases when he can get on.