The Second Annual TVPRCRP All-Star Teams
I still 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 who even knows what. The voting process is terrible – democracy clearly has no place in selecting an All Star team, the players and 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 (though I will tiebreak) – 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 outfielders, so be it. So without further adieu, the second annual Todd Van Poppel Rookie Card Retirement Plan All Star Team. Players with an asterisk are two time nominees, players with a pound sign are two time starters.
2012 American League TVPRCRP All Star Team
C – Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
1B – Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
2B – Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
SS – Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
3B – Miguel Cabrera*, Detroit Tigers
LF – Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
CF – Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
RF – Josh Reddick, Oakland A’s
DH – David Ortiz#, Boston Red Sox
SP – Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
Jose Bautista*, Toronto Blue Jays; Asdrubal Cabrera*, Cleveland Indians; Alex Gordon*, Kansas City Royals; Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers; Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles; Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians; Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox; Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals; A.J. Pierzynski, Chicago White Sox; Matt Wieters*, Baltimore Orioles; Ben Zobrist*, Tampa Bay Rays.
Phil Coke, Detroit Tigers; Jason Hammel, Baltimore Orioles; Matt Harrison, Texas Rangers; Felix Hernandez*, Seattle Mariners; Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox; Joe Nathan, Texas Rangers; Jake Peavy, Chicago White Sox; Fernando Rodney, Tampa Bay Rays; C.C. Sabathia*, New York Yankees; Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox; Rafael Soriano, New York Yankees; Jered Weaver*, Los Angeles Angels; Tom Wilhelmsen, Seattle Mariners.
2012 National League TVPRCRP All Star Team
C – Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies
1B – Joey Votto#, Cincinnati Reds
2B – Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks
SS – Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals
3B – David Wright, New York Mets
LF – Ryan Braun*, Milwaukee Brewers
CF – Andrew McCutchen#, Pittsburgh Pirates
RF – Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
SP – Zack Greinke, Milwaukee Brewers
Michael Bourn*, Atlanta Braves; Melky Cabrera*, San Francisco Giants; A.J. Ellis, Los Angeles Dodgers; Dexter Fowler, Colorado Rockies; Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks; Chase Headley, San Diego Padres; Matt Holliday*, St. Louis Cardinals; Jed Lowrie, Houston Astros; Aramis Ramirez*, Milwaukee Brewers; Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates.
Matt Belisle, Colorado Rockies; Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants; Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds; Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals; Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds; Ryan Dempster, Chicago Cubs; R.A. Dickey, New York Mets; Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals; Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers; Clayton Kershaw*, Los Angeles Dodgers; Craig Kimbrel*, Atlanta Braves; James McDonald, Pittsburgh Pirates; Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals.