MLB – Analysis of National League All-Star starters

The rosters for the MLB All-Star Game were recently announced, and the teams are packed with players that make fans want to buy MLB tickets. Here I analyze the starting lineup selections for the National League. Note: All statistics are as of July 8.

Catcher – Geovany Soto, Chicago Cubs: It’s hard to deny Russell Martin the starting job here because he’s hitting .300 and has nine stolen bases, but Soto has hit 15 home runs on one of the best teams in baseball. I still probably would have gone with Martin, but I don’t have a problem with selection here.

First baseman – Lance Berkman, Houston Astros: This guy is having a season to go down in history. If Chipper Jones’ batting average fades, we could be looking at a Triple Crown winner here. Albert Pujols and Adrián González are having great years, but no one can compete with Berkman right now.

Second base – Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies: Dan Uggla is having a fantastic year, but Utley’s is a little better. He’s leading the majors in home runs, which is incredible for a second baseman.

Shortstop – Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins: Hanley is one of the best young players in baseball and will go 40-40 this year. He’s a no-brainer here and he should be for the next 10 years. He may be the only Marlins player who can sell MLB tickets in Miami.

Third base – Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves: He’s hitting .384, need I say more?

Outfield – Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers: Braun is proving he’s not just a one-year wonder. He looks like he’s established himself as one of the top home run hitters in the game in just one year in the majors.

Outfield — Kosuke Fukudome, Chicago Cubs: He’s having a solid rookie season, but he by no means deserves to start. Matt Holiday is hitting .345 and Pat Burrell, who somehow didn’t even make the roster, has 20-plus bombs and is killing it.

Jardines – Alfonso Soriano: Soriano is one of the star players in the league, but he doesn’t deserve to start either. The two guys I mentioned above are much more worthy of a starting point. This was a reputational choice.

All of these guys deserve to make the All-Star team, and baseball fans often clamor for MLB tickets.

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