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The Inaugural TVPRCRP All-Star Teams

July 12, 2011

I hate the All Star Game. When I was a kid it was exciting, you got to see the National League play the American League for the only time all year and it represented the best of the best. Now, you get to see the top tier, and the best of the American League East. The voting process is terrible – democracy clearly has no place in selecting an All Star team, the managers selecting extras is perhaps even worse. It is a terrible system, that yields a game that features mostly stars but far from all stars. So, here is my All Star team. My methodology is simple, every team should be represented. This is an opportunity to celebrate the game, and every team should be represented – so the best player as judged by WAR from every team will be on this squad regardless of position. Then the remaining roster spots will be filled simply by utilizing WAR – the players will be named according to how many of each position player each respective manager had on each squad, i.e. if there are three catchers, we choose the best three catchers. The outfielders are outfielders as they are in All Star balloting, so if the best end up being all corner outfields, so be it. So without further adieu, the inaugural Todd Van Poppel Rookie Card Retirement Plan 2011 All Star Teams.

2011 American League TVPRCRP All Stars

C – Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers
1B – Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox
2B – Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
SS – Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians
3B – Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
LF – Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees
CF – Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox
RF – Jose Bautista,  Toronto Blue Jays
DH – David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
SP – C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees

Melky Cabrera, Kansas City Royals; Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers; Brett Gardner, New York Yankees; Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals; Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers; Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox; Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians; Denard Span, Minnesota Twins; Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees; Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles; Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox; Michael Young, Texas Rangers.

Dan Haren, Los Angeles Angels; Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners; Justin Masterson, Cleveland Indians; Brandon McCarthy, Oakland Athletics; Jonathan Papelbon, Boston Red Sox; David Price, Tampa Bay Rays; Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees; David Robertson, New York Yankees; James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays; Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers; Jordan Walden, Los Angeles Angels; Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels; C. J. Wilson, Texas Rangers.

2011 National League TVPRCRP All Stars

C – Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
1B – Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
2B – Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers
SS – Jose Reyes, New York Mets
3B – Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants
LF – Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
CF – Shane Victorino, Philadelphia Phillies
RF – Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
DH – Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers
SP – Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies

Carlos Beltran, New York Mets; Michael Bourn, Houston Astros; Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers; Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals; Ramon Hernandez, Cincinnati Reds; Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals; Cameron Maybin, San Diego Padres; Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks; Aramis Ramirez, Chicago Cubs; Gaby Sanchez, Florida Marlins;  Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies; Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks.

John Axford, Milwaukee Brewers; Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants; Matt Garza, Chicago Cubs; Joel Hanrahan, Pittsburgh Pirates; Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies; Daniel Hudson, Arizona Diamondbacks; Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers; Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves; Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies; Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants; Fernando Salas, St. Louis Cardinals; Jonny Venters, Atlanta Braves; Jordan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2011 11:33 pm

    Hard to argue with that team especially since it lacks Derek Jeter. I would say that I am slightly surprised by McCarthy being the A’s pick, that Lincecum still made the team and that you still “snubbed” Hanson. Sandoval being the starting by WAR even with his missed time is impressive too.

  2. July 12, 2011 11:44 pm

    Derek Jeter has had a pretty miserable year aside from the 3,000 hits. His 0.9 WAR wasn’t anywhere near any player on either team. I was completely dispassionate with how I chose the team. I had a formula – that the best player on every team must be selected – and that the positions be filled in the same manner that the two managers filled their rosters i.e. if they had three catchers, the TVPRCRP team would have three catchers. I just did it purely on WAR, though middle relievers tend to earn more WAR than do closers, both teams only had one middle reliever on their squads so that is reflected with closers (despite lower WAR) beating out better middle relievers. It is incredible how good Sandoval has been in such a small period of time, Lincecum made it as the Giants’ best player though regardless he still would’ve made it as one of the NL’s best pitchers. Not sure how Tommy Hanson ends up getting so screwed on WAR but at 2.2 he was far from the cut. Brandon McCarthy for Oakland beat out Gio Gonzalez (all due to Gio’s last start in Texas prior to that start Gio was ahead, and the start previous both were tied) and he really has been very good, but has been the recipient of the worst luck on a team full of no luck pitchers.

    If I chose the All-Star teams with a less rigid system it likely would look a bit different, taking things into account the intangibles etc, but I felt I wanted the best players and I feel that WAR is the best indicator. The most surprising entry to me really was Salas with the Cardinals, especially in light of all of St. Louis’ issues with closers this year.


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