The fan-selected starting lineups will take the field in Kansas City tonight for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, but we at FanSided MLB weren’t content to let the nationwide vote stand unchallenged. So we held a mock All-Star vote of our own.
Thirty-three writers from around the network offered their picks for the best players in each league between June 28 and July 2 (the dates coincided with the end of the fan voting). Here are the results from the American League (NL results here).
I don’t agree with all the picks we made, but Derek Jeter at shortstop? I don’t get that at all. It seems to me that a vote for him over Elvis Andrus or Asdrubal Cabrera is a vote for his career or his pinstripes.
Quite a bit of diversity of opinion here. I thought this was one of the hardest choices in the AL, and that’s borne out by the fact that Miguel Cabrera wins with barely a third of the vote and no one else cracks 25 percent.
Another less-than-commanding lead as Joe Mauer wins without a majority. Interesting that fan pick Mike Napoli failed to get even 10 percent of the vote. And thrilled as I am to see Carlos Santana up there, I can’t help but wonder—why?
Talk about a mandate. Josh Hamilton gets the highest vote total in the league. Between him and Jose Bautista our outfield almost matches the fans’, but with Mike Trout coming in instead of Curtis Granderson.
Here’s a breakdown of how our lineup compares to the fans’:
How do you think we did? I’d love to hear others’ explanations for their votes.
Whose All-Star vote was better?
- FanSided's (86%, 12 Votes)
- The fans' (14%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 14