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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Your 2006 MLB All Stars...and Mark Redman

It's still a few hours before the All Star rosters are to be announced, but MLB has slipped up and put the jerseys for sale on their main website. You can see the AL roster here and the NL roster here.

Unrestricted View's efforts to get Neifi Perez and Juan Castro elected were unsuccessful - as expected. But it was fun nonetheless.

I know there isn't room for everybody, but Francisco Liriano was inexplicably left off the list. As of tonight he is currently the AL ERA leader (1.99) by over half a run. He's pitched over 80 innings now. In my mind that is more than enough to qualify. I don't see how one can argue that Kenny Rogers and Mark Buehrle - 15th and 19th respectively in AL ERA - are more deserving of a roster spot than Liriano. I guess we shouldn't be surprised that Ozzie would reach for one of his own.


The official rosters have been released.

American League Starters

1B David Ortiz, BOS
2B Mark Loretta, BOS
3B Alex Rodriguez, NYY
SS Derek Jeter, NYY
C Ivan Rodriguez, DET
OF Vladimir Guerrero, LAA
OF Manny Ramirez, BOS
OF Ichiro Suzuki, SEA

American League Pitchers

SP Mark Buerhle, CWS
SP Jose Contreras, CWS
SP Roy Halladay, TOR
SP Scott Kazmir, TB
SP Mark Redman, KC
SP Kenny Rogers, DET
SP Johan Santana, MIN
SP Barry Zito, OAK

RP Bobby Jenks, CWS
RP Jon Papelbon, BOS
RP Mariano Rivera, NYY
RP B.J. Ryan, TOR

American League Reserves

1B Paul Konerko, CWS
1B Jim Thome, CWS
2B Robinson Cano, NYY (injured-will not participate)
2B Jose Lopez, SEA
3B Troy Glaus, TOR
SS Miguel Tejada, BAL
SS Michael Young, TEX
C Joe Mauer, MIN
OF Jermaine Dye, CWS
OF Alex Rios, TOR (injured-will not participate)
OF Gary Matthews, Jr., TEX
OF Grady Sizemore, CLE
OF Vernon Wells, TOR

National League Starters

1B Albert Pujols, STL
2B Chase Utley, PHI
3B David Wright, NYM
SS Jose Reyes, NYM
C Paul Lo Duca, NYM
OF Jason Bay, PIT
OF Carlos Beltran, NYM
OF Alfonso Soriano, WSH

National League Pitchers

SP Carlos Zambrano, CHC
SP Bronson Arroyo, CIN
SP Brad Penny, LAD
SP Tom Glavine, NYM
SP Pedro Martinez, NYM
SP Chris Carpenter, STL
SP Jason Schmidt, SF

RP Brian Fuentes, COL
RP Derrick Turnbow, MIL
RP Tom Gordon, PHI
RP Trevor Hoffman, SD

National League Reserves

1B Lance Berkman, HOU
1B Ryan Howard, PHI
2B Dan Uggla, FLA
3B Miguel Cabrera, FLA
3B Freddy Sanchez, PIT
3B Scott Rolen, STL
SS Edgar Renteria, ATL
C Brian McCann, ATL
OF Andruw Jones, ATL
OF Matt Holliday, COL
OF Carlos Lee, MIL

Ozzie Guillen and Phil Garner actually did a pretty good job rounding out the rosters. I'm a bit surprised Garner didn't bring Roy Oswalt along and utterly shocked he didn't feel Brandon Webb was worthy, but overall he did a nice job with the pitchers. All 7 of the starters are among the top 11 in NL ERA.

Ozzie is bringing 6 of his guys with him to Pittsburgh. Except for Buehrle, all of them are pretty deserving so there's not much to complain about there. I'm not quite sure how he missed Travis Hafner and Jason Giambi though. They could easily replace Gary Matthews Jr and Troy Glaus. Although how many terrible defensive first baseman can you have on one team? Mark Redman will go down as the worst All Star player of all-time. I'm guessing Ozzie just looked for the Royal pitcher with the most wins.

That's all you'll hear from me about this year's ASG. I'm not going to waste anymore words on it.


One more thing. Here are your choices for the final vote:

AL - Francisco Liriano, Ramon Hernandez, Justin Verlander, AJ Pierzynski, and Travis Hafner

NL - Nomar Garciaparra, Bobby Abreu, Chris Capuano, Billy Wagner, and Chris Young

Okay, last update-

Brandon Webb actually is on the roster. His name does not appear on the "By League" page on mlb.com, but he is listed on the "By Team" page. Sorry for any confusion.

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