Anouncing Our BBA All-Star Ballot


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:

Catcher: Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers – Alex Avila, also of the Tigers is a strong candidate as well, if surprising.  Martinez qualifies on a technicality that he can be listed at catcher.

First base: Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox

Second base: Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

Shortstop: Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians – he deserves the recognition even if Derek Jeter will undeservedly get voted in.

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

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