Announcing the Kings of Kauffman All-Star Team

While Kings of Kauffman should be your first stop on the internet as a Royals fan, we know Kansas City doesn’t exist in a vacuum.  We’re all fans of the Royals because we’re fans of baseball, and, as such, one of the more exciting and interesting parts of the season is the All-Star break.

Sure a little bit of the luster has come off with interleague play showcasing National League teams to American League fans and vice versa, but when else do you get such a collection of major league baseball talent in one place for one game?  Only the second week in July (unless you’re Jon Miller and Joe Morgan and it’s a Red Sox/Yankees Sunday night game on ESPN).

Tom, Wally and myself cast our ballots for our 2010 All-Star starting lineups, choosing those who we thought were most deserving of starting the All-Star Game.  So without further adieu…

Kings of Kauffman All-Star Team
National League American League
C Miguel Olivo C Joe Mauer*
1B Albert Pujols* 1B Miguel Cabrera
2B Brandon Phillips 2B Robinson Cano*
SS Hanley Ramirez# SS Elvis Andrus*
3B Ryan Zimmerman 3B Evan Longoria*
OF Andre Ethier OF Alex Rios
OF Marlon Byrd OF Carl Crawford
OF Josh Willingham OF Josh Hamilton
DH Chase Utley^ DH Justin Morneau
SP Roy Halladay SP Francisco Liriano

* denotes unanimous selection
# replaced injured Troy Tulowitski
^ highest vote getter who did not win his position’s voting

Fun to see Miguel Olivo there, huh?

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  • Keaton Krell

    Listen guys, I don’t like the Yanks or the Cards either, but Jeter, Rasmus, and Holliday should be in over the guys up there. You could definitely make a case for Jason Heyward, too. I love all star ballots, because no one is ever right. But come on, I think it’s safe to say that Ubaldo has to be the starter. He’s been historical!

    Also, who’s the MVP so far? It’s gotta be Miguel Cabrera or Robinson Cano, right? Or Billy Butler, I guess.

  • Michael Engel

    In the voting, Jeter was right there behind Andrus, but when I looked at it, Andrus and Jeter are close in a lot of ways statistically, but the higher walk rate, stolen bases, and heck, Andrus has a bit more flash and surprise to me.
    Rasmus got some votes, but outfield is pretty stacked all over, and on the method we used, he tied Willingham points-wise, but Willingham had more individual selections, so I arbitrarily gave him the nod, mostly because he’s on my roto team.

    As for the MVP, I say Cano. I knew he was good, but he’s the best player on the best team (by record) right now.

  • Keaton Krell

    Fair points. When I’m at the K turning in All Star ballots I almost always give the edge to guys on my fantasy team. So as illogical as it may be, I can understand.

  • Michael Engel

    Well your team is a rotation of All-Stars – not the offensive riff-raff I have right now. Jerk.

  • Keaton Krell

    And I’m still not in first… Sigh.

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