Tuck: My 2014 MLB All-Star Ballot

By Mike Tuck
Host, Tuck & O'Neill

I am presenting my All-Star Ballot as fan voting for the 2014 MLB All-Star game wraps up today.  Undoubtedly there will be some bad decisions, but admittedly there are some decisions that multiple answers are acceptable.  As you’ll see if you haven’t already, some positions are stacked, and others are not.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

CATCHER- Sal Perez, Royals

1ST BASE- Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

2ND BASE- Robinson Cano, Mariners

SHORTSTOP- Alexi Ramirez, White Sox

3RD BASE- Kyle Seager, Mariners

OUTFIELD- Mike Trout, Angels

OUTFIELD- Nelson Cruz, Orioles

OUTFIELD- Adam Jones, Orioles

DESIGNATED HITTER- Edwin Encarncion, Blue Jays

STARTING PITCHER- Felix Hernandez, Mariners

Toughest omissions were Jose Altuve at 2B and Jose Abreu at 1B or DH.  Both guys will make the team, but only 9 hitters can start. 3B was a battle with Josh Donaldson and Adrian Beltre.  Beltre missed some time earlier this year and Rangers are struggling so I punished him slightly and went Seager over Donaldson because of the defensive difference, which is pretty significant.  Also seems impossible not to include any Athletics players, but I didn’t.  I couldn’t figure a way to put Jose Bautista on the starting team either.

Who starts?  Hard not to chose Masahiro Tanaka who has been terrific, but I went with the King.

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

CATCHER- Jonathon Lucroy, Brewers

1ST BASE- Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks

2ND BASE- Dee Gordon, Dodgers

SHORTSTOP- Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies

3RD BASE- Todd Frazier, Reds

OUTFIELD- Carlos Gomez, Brewers

OUTFIELD- Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

OUTFIELD- Yasiel Puig, Dodgers

DESIGNATED HITTER- Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

STARTING PITCHER- Adam Wainwright, Cardinals

Toughest omissions didn’t really apply except in trying to decide who should be the starting pitcher.  Clayton Kershaw just wrapped up maybe the most dominant June ever by a pitcher, but he missed a big chunk of the season.  Johnny Cueto has been amazing too, and Julio Teheran is right in the mix too.  Gordon is clearly the biggest surprise, but he’s earned it. Stanton I put at DH just because he isn’t the fielder the others are, it’s not because he was the last choice.

I’m anxious to see what the fans do.

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