The “All-Star” Game

Every year there are All-Star snubs and undeserving players to make the squad.  Beyond the archaic “This one counts” slogan Major League Baseball uses, this one should count.  Love them or hate them, the Yankees and The House Ruth Built are part of the historic fabric of baseball.

As we lay Yankee Stadium to rest, it is clear, she deserves one great All-Star game.  And enough with the ‘every team needs at least one player in the game’.  It’s simple.  The 25 best NL players against the 25 best AL players.

Here is what the teams should look like.

National League

C – Brian McCann and Geovany Soto

1B – Lance Berkman, Albert Pujols, and Adrian Gonzalez

2B – Chase Utley and Dan Uggla

3B – Chipper Jones and David Wright

SS – Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes

OF – Carlos Lee, Ryan Braun, Pat Burrell, Matt Holiday, Xavier Nady

SP – Edinson Volquez, Brandon Webb, Aaron Cook, Cole Hamels, Dan Haren, Tim Lincecum, and Ben Sheets

RP – Kerry Wood and Brad Lidge

American League

C – Joe Mauer and A.J. Pierzynski

1B – Justin Morneau and Kevin Youkilis

2B – Ian Kinsler and Dustin Pedroia

3B – Alex Rodriguez and Evan Longoria

SS – Michael Young and Derek Jeter

OF – Josh Hamilton, Carlos Quentin, Jermaine Dye, Ichiro Suzuki, David DeJesus

SP – Justin Duchscherer, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Joe Saunders, Ervin Santana and Felix Hernandez

RP – Mariano Rivera, Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Rodriguez, and Joe Nathan

Here’s how ESPN breaks down what the rosters should be.

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