BBA ANNOUNCE THEIR 2011 ALL STAR SELECTIONS

Here is the press release from the Baseball Bloggers Alliance announcing the BBA’s selections for the NL an AL starters for the 2011 All Star Game:


BASEBALL BLOGGERS ALLIANCE NAMES 2011 ALL-STARS

 

Outfielders Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers led their respective leagues in balloting for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game as conducted by members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and announced today.

Bautista, who has an American League-leading 1.133 OPS to go along with his 24 home runs, was named on 50 ballots, not including one ballot that placed him at third base.  Bautista was joined in the outfield by Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees, who received 48 votes, and Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox, who tallied 23 votes.

There were few close races in the AL voting by the BBA.  The tightest was at third base, where Yankee Alex Rodriguez outpolled Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers 30-16.  All other races were decided by at least twenty votes save the nod for starting pitcher.  Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander won that 16-6 over Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels, but many bloggers did not designate a specific starter so fewer votes were cast in that category.

Other American League nods were to Tigers catcher Alex Avila, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox, Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano, and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera of the Cleveland Indians.  Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was selected at that position.

Over in the National League, Kemp’s stellar first half–he sits second in batting average, first in home runs, second in RBI and has 21 stolen bases to boot–earned him mention on 54 ballots.  Accompanying him in the outfield was Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals.

As in the junior circuit, the closest race in the NL was at the hot corner.  Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco edged out Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres 21-14, with Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones receiving 10 votes.

The other races were not a contest, as Braves catcher Brian McCann, Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder and second baseman Rickie Weeks, and New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes all won their slots by at least 25 votes.

Starting the contest for the NL was Roy Halladay, who easily outpolled his Philadelphia teammate Cole Hamels for the honor.

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in 2009 with the purpose of encouraging collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball.  As a secondary goal, they vote on various awards throughout the year.  In January, they recommended Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven for the Baseball Hall of Fame and in March, they created a new award to honor the top internet writer and then named it after the first recipient, Sports Illustrated’s Joe Posnanski.  You can find the BBA at their website or on Facebook.  You can follow the Alliance at @baseballblogs on Twitter or via the hashtag #BBBA.

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FOR SALE: CENTERFIELDER WITH GIMPY KNEES BUT A POTENTIAL POTENT BAT. SELLER VERY MUCH MOVTIVATED TO MAKE A DEAL

I read where Jon Heyman is spouting off about the Mets dealing Carlos Beltran to theRed Sox in a package that would include Jacoby Ellsbury  so long as the Mets eat about $15 mil of the $18 mil owed to Beltran in what will be his walk year.

As stated here time and again I am not a huge Carlos Beltran fan. He is an extremely talented player and a player who has produced for the Mets at a rate that Mets refuse to acknowledge. I think my frustration with Beltran is he’s been here so long, I think I’m just tired of him. So that is really on me and not Beltran. There is no statistical measure or in depth analysis I’m just a bit sick and tired of watching him. That said, to trade Beltran along with nearly  90 % of his salary and have Jacoby Ellsbury as the centerpiece of the deal is out and out ludicrous. Why would you deal off Beltran to save a measly $3mil ?

I think if that is the best deal the Mets can find for Beltran, then you’re better off keeping him. The problem with keeping him though is where do you play him? As of now, Beltran is a right fielder and if he’s is on board with that it would be a huge plus for the Mets in 2011. If he turns into a sour puss over the move, then you may have no choice put to move him for pennies on the dollar.

Beltran is not my cup of tea, but I respect his talent, I hope he accepts the right field job and has a career year, maybe I’d warm up to him if he did.

Bobby Parnell is done for the season with an inflamed elbow. Hopefully he recovers over the winter and is strong and ready for spring training.

I guess Jerry Manuel has found out what a lot of people who don’t see the world through pinstriped glasses knew, that St. Joseph of Torre is as phony as a counterfeit fifty. I have to side with Manuel here, look we all know that Manuel is a goner after October 3,  Seems The Sports Bloviator had a love fest with St. Joe on WFA N yesterday prior to Torre and his pet prodigy Donnie Baseball showing up for the unveiling of a monument as big as Mount Rushmore in honor of the late convicted felon and two time suspended owner of the NY Highlanders, the Bloviator badgered Torre about becoming Mets skipper in 2011. Instead of giving the standard hand job, saying that the Mets have a manager and it would inappropriate to talk about a job that someone is still employed (even though we know the skids in the Mets clubhouse are greased up like Weezer for Manuel) Torre politicked for the job to which Manuel found that a clear violation of the mangers code. It’s all about St. Joe.

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