LAST VOTES GO TO…
In the NL, while I am a huge David Wright fan, the vote goes to Pat Burrell. Burrell is having a dominant season. He is 5th in the NL in OBP and OPS and 6th in Slugging. He also is 2nd in walks. It’s likely that Burrell will set personal highs in runs, hits, homers, and OPS. He should be on the team already.
In the AL, someone will have to explain to me why Jose Guillen is even on there. David Dejesus, Mark Grudzielanek or even youngin Alex Gordon are more worthy of being added to the team. And that’s based solely on production. If we factor in that Guillen is by most accounts a tool, then that certainly seals the deal. The Royals will take a pack of sunflower seeds for him before the deadline.
While almost Cub Brian Roberts is having a fine season, I think Nick Markakis should be on the ballot. Or perhaps even Aubrey Huff. Markakis is one of the game’s best young players and leads his team in OPS. George Sherrill? Slap in the face to Markakis. Perhaps the Al needed a pitcher, but with the rosters including 74 players from each league, you’d think they could skip the George Sherrills and get the most worthy players on the team.
The black sheep of MLB, Jason Giambi, is indeed having a resurgence in 2008. Evan Longoria is a fine player and will get to play in many All-Star games. But after a slow start Jermaine Dye has gone all 2006 again, and he should be the choice for the AL.
George Sherrill? Really?