All-Star Rosters Announced-American League

Sunday, July 1, 2007

There were few surprises with the announcement of the 2007 All-Star roster. Barry Bonds came on strong in the last week of voting, perhaps helped by monitors set up at A T& T Park, which allowed fans to vote up to 25 times each. That may have been enough for him to edge out Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano, who led by 100,000 votes, as of Thursday. Other than that, most of the voting came out as one might have predicted. In the American League, Justin Morneau and starter Placido Polanco are the only two first-timers among the twenty position players. On the contrary, the pitching staff consists of six new all-stars of the eleven eligible spots. Only three players were above the three million vote mark, Yankees Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Angels' superstar Vladimir Guerrero. Ivan Rodriguez is the old-timer on the squad, making his 14th all-star appearance. The roster for the American League looks as follows:

C: Ivan Rodriguez
1b: David Ortiz
2b: Placido Polanco
SS: Derek Jeter
3b: Alex Rodriguez
Of: Magglio Ordonez
Of: Ichiro Suzuki
Of: Vladimir Guerrero

Subs: Pitchers:
C.C. Sabathia
Josh Beckett
John Lackey
Dan Haren
Jonathon Papelbon
J.J. Putz
Francisco Rodriguez
Bobby Jenks
Gil Meche
Johan Santana
Justin Verlander

Position Players:
Justin Morneau
Michael Young
Carl Crawford
Alex Rios
Victor Martinez
Carlos Guillen
Mike Lowell
Jorge Posada
Brian Roberts
Torii Hunter
Grady Sizemore
Manny Ramirez


Kenny 9:06 PM CDT  

Danny Haren deserves the starting nod, but east coast bias will probably give it to CC or Beckett. Haren's shaky outing against the Yanks while under the east coast spotlight will probably only hurt his chances, but who knows... leyland may have something between those eyeballs.

timy1 12:08 AM CDT  

AL wins 9-6. Rivera or Nathan gets the save. MVP = Vlad.

timy1 12:09 AM CDT  

you're right Ken. There is always a East coast bias in baseball