Kings of Kauffman is a proud member of the Baseball Blogger’s Alliance – a website founded to foster community among baseball blogs. One of the activities we do every year is formally announce an All-Star lineup, compiled from votes by all blogs within the BBA.
This is that ballot for Kings of Kauffman. Instead of a full roster, top to bottom, we’ll submit a starting American League lineup as our vote. My rationale behind the choices wasn’t based much on deep regression models and variable ratios or other big mathematical figures.
I just looked at who’s been the best at each position:
First base: Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox
Second base: Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
Third base: Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees – it pains me, though.
Outfield: Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
Outfield: Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees
Outfield: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals -an admitted homer pick, but he’s closer to this spot than you might initially think.
Starting Pitcher: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers