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.
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
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.