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Often times in All-Star games, the most popular player instead of the most deserving player is voted in. However, this year I was shocked to see that for the majority of the positions that the fans got it right this season. Below is a breakdown of who is the current vote leader and which player I feel deserves the opportunity most.

American League

1B: Current Leader – Kevin Youkilis (.303 avg, 13 HR, 47 RBI, 47 R, 81 H)

Most deserving – Justin Morneau (.310 avg, 12 HR, 62 RBI, 43 R, 95 H)

Reserve – Kevin Youkilis (.303 avg, 13 HR, 47 RBI, 47 R, 81 H)

2B: Current Leader – Dustin Pedroia

Most deserving – Ian Kinsler (.310 avg, 13 HR, 49 RBI, 19 SB, 67 R, 102 H)

Reserves – Dustin Pedroia (.291 avg, 7 HR, 34 RBI, 8 SB, 48 R, 94 H) and Brian Roberts (.296 avg, 5 HR, 30 RBI, 21 SB, 48 R, 89 H)

SS: Current Leader – Derek Jeter (.285 avg, 4 HR, 33 RBI, 5 SB, 43 R, 82 H)

Most deserving – Derek Jeter (.285 avg, 4 HR, 33 RBI, 5 SB, 43 R, 82 H)

Reserve – Michael Young (.274 avg, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 5 SB, 54 R, 88 H)

3B: Current Leader – Alex Rodriquez (.324 avg, 14 HR, 41 RBI, 9 SB, 40 R, 70 H)

Most deserving – Alex Rodriquez (.324 avg, 14 HR, 41 RBI, 9 SB, 40 R, 70 H)

C: Current Leader – Joe Mauer (.323 avg, 2 HR, 31 RBI, 46 R, 82 H)

Most deserving – Joe Mauer (.323 avg, 2 HR, 31 RBI, 46 R, 82 H)

DH: Current Leader – David Ortiz (.252 avg, 13 HR, 43 RBI, 36 R, 53 H)

Most deserving – Hideki Matsui (.323 avg, 7 HR, 34 RBI, 37 R, 81 H)

OF: Current Leaders – Manny Ramirez (.291 avg, 15 HR, 49 HR, 45 R, 80 H), Josh Hamilton (.310 avg, 19 HR, 76 RBI, 50 R, 97 H) and Ichiro Suzuki (.285 avg, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 33 SB, 54 R, 92 H)

Most deserving – Manny Ramirez (.291 avg, 15 HR, 49 HR, 45 R, 80 H), Josh Hamilton (.310 avg, 19 HR, 76 RBI, 50 R, 97 H) and Ichiro Suzuki (.285 avg, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 33 SB, 54 R, 92 H)

Reserves – B.J. Upton (.287 avg, 5 HR, 40 RBI, 22 SB, 50 R, 79 H), Jermaine Dye (.302 avg, 17 HR, 47 RBI, 47 R, 86 H), Carlos Quentin (.289 avg, 17 HR, 59 RBI, 5 SB, 52 R, 79 H), Milton Bradley (.329 avg, 15 HR, 48 RBI, 47 R, 74 H), Jose Guillen (.288, 13 HR, 60 RBI, 37 R, 88 H)

AL Starting Pitcher – Cliff Lee (11-1, 2.34 ERA, 90 K, 1.04 WHIP)

National League

1B: Current Leader – Lance Berkman (.367 avg, 21 HR, 63 RBI, 12 SB, 70 R, 103 H)

Most deserving – Lance Berkman

Reserves – Derrek Lee (.287 avg, 15 HR, 48 RBI, 55 R, 92 H) and Albert Pujols (.357, 16 HR, 43 RBI, 41 R, 81 H), Adrian Gonzalez (.290 avg, 21 HR, 66 RBI, 50 R, 91 H)

2B: Current Leader – Chase Utley (.292 avg, 22 HR, 63 RBI, 7 SB, 57 R, 88 H)

Most deserving – Chase Utley (.292 avg, 22 HR, 63 RBI, 7 SB, 57 R, 88 H)

Reserve – Dan Uggla (.288 avg, 23 HR, 58 RBI, 57 R, 82 H)

3B: Current Leader – Chipper Jones (.394, 16 HR, 46 RBI, 48 R, 100 H)

Most deserving – Chipper Jones (.394, 16 HR, 46 RBI, 48 R, 100 H)

Reserve – Aramis Ramirez (.298 avg, 14 HR, 55 RBI, 54 R, 84 H)

SS: Current Leader – Hanley Ramirez (.293, 17 HR, 34 RBI, 19 SB, 67 R, 89 H)

Most deserving – Hanley Ramirez (.293, 17 HR, 34 RBI, 19 SB, 67 R, 89 H)

Reserves – Miguel Tejada (.288 avg, 10 HR, 43 RBI, 6 SB, 54 R, 90 H), Jose Reyes (.293 avg, 9 HR, 34 RBI, 28 SB, 59 H, 94 H)

C: Current Leader – Geovany Soto (.285 avg, 13 HR, 47 RBI, 27 R, 74 H)

Most deserving – Brian McCann (.301 HR, 14 HR, 44 RBI, 35 R, 81 H)

OF: Current Leaders – Alfonso Soriano (.283 avg, 15 HR, 40 RBI, 7 SB, 36 R, 60 H), Kosuke Fukudome (.301 avg, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 7 SB, 53 R, 82 H), Ken Griffey Jr. (.240 avg, 9 HR, 34 RBI, 35 R, 63 H)

Most deserving – Ryan Braun (.287 avg, 20 HR, 57 RBI, 8 SB, 44 R, 90 H), Matt Holliday (.328 avg, 10 HR, 38 RBI, 8 SB, 40 R, 81 H), Nate McLouth (.287 avg, 15 HR, 51 RBI, 9 SB, 59 R, 88 H)

Reserves – Carlos Lee (.277 avg, 17 HR, 59 RBI, 38 R, 81 H), Ryan Ludwick (.285 avg, 16 HR, 56 RBI, 47 R, 70 H), Alfonso Soriano (.283 avg, 15 HR, 40 RBI, 7 SB, 36 R, 60 H), Kosuke Fukudome (.301 avg, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 7 SB, 53 R, 82 H)

NL Starting Pitcher: Edinson Volquez (10-3, 2.08 ERA, 110 K, 1.21 WHIP)

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  1. 1 On July 6th, 2008, bradlindeman said:

    What about Damon?

  2. 2 On July 11th, 2008, Johnson said:

    Lincecum should definately be starting over Volquez…

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