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My 2015 All Stars

The All Star rosters were announced today, and as usual there are arguments to be made for and against a handful of players on and not on the teams. This seems like a particularly questionable year, given the selections, with no good reason for why several odd decisions were made.

My rationale is rather simple. I make my rosters in three steps:
  1. Pick the best player at each position
  2. Pick the best player off of each team
  3. Fill in the remaining roster spots based on need and ability
It's really that simple, and not too hard to do with the 32-player All Star rosters these days. Without further ado, my rosters:

Salvador Perez, KC
Miguel Cabrera, DET
Ian Kinsler, DET
Erick Aybar, LAA
Josh Donaldson, OAK      
Mike Trout, LAA
Alex Gordon, KC
Adam Jones, BAL
Jose Bautista, TOR
Jonathan Lucroy, MIL
Paul Goldschmidt, ARI
Chase Utley, PHI
Troy Tulowitzki, COL
Todd Frazier, CIN
Giancarlo Stanton, MIA
Andrew McCutchen, PIT
Carlos Gomez, MIL
Yasiel Puig, LAD


Edwin Encarnacion, DH, TOR  
Nelson Cruz, DH, BAL
Yan Gomes, C, CLE
Derek Norris, C, OAK
Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK

Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
Yadier Molina, C, STL
Buster Posey, C, SF
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
Dee Gordon, 2B, LAD
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
Jhonny Peralta, SS, STL
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN
Hunter Pence, OF, SF
Justin Upton, OF, ATL

Pitching Staff

Yu Darvish, TEX
Sean Doolittle, OAK
Felix Hernandez, SEA
Corey Kluber, CLE
Jon Lester, BOS
Glen Perkins, MIN
David Price, TB
Chris Sale, CHW
Max Scherzer, DET
Masahiro Tanaka, NYY              
Koji Uehara, BOS
Madison Bumgarner, SF
Aroldis Chapman, CIN
Johnny Cueto, CIN
Clayton Kershaw, LAD
Craig Kimbrel, ATL
Jonathan Papelbon, PHI
Stephen Strasburg, WAS
Huston Street, SD
Adam Wainwright, STL
Jordan Zimmerman, WAS

In all I had 11 different selections in the AL and 10 in the NL, which strikes me as a larger amount than usual.

Some of the differences are driven by my belief that the All Star game is an exhibition - hence the selection of Joe Mauer*, for instance. There are several more deserving players based on production so far this season; however, I was down to the last spot on the AL roster and realized that this player isn't likely to play. Who else would receive such a warm and memorable ovation in Minnesota than Joe Mauer? Same goes for Derek Jeter. There are spots to manufacture warm moments on a 32-player roster designed for an exhibition game.

*Also, Mauer is on the DL. I would replace him with another Twin, Brian Dozier.

The other difference between me and the real rosters are the pitching staff sizes. I favor smaller ones (I went with 11 in the AL and 10 in the NL) because there are only so many innings to go around.  Although many good pitchers got left off both rosters, both hit the point where a handful of players were roughly equivalently good. The cream of the crop more or less made the squad.

I'll assume everyone agrees that these rosters are perfect unless someone speaks up in the comment section.