The All-Star Roster Has Been Decided

The All-Star final fan votes are in. It was no surprise that ass-kicking Joey Votto made it for the National League team. The only surprise was that he didn't make the roster prior to the fan voting. He promptly thanked his voters this afternoon by hitting bomb number 22 on the season. He's the first ever Cincinnati Reds player to make it into the game based on the final fan vote. Way to go, Joey!

In a much tighter race, Nick Swisher managed to eek past Kevin Face-muff Youklis to claim the final spot for the American League. There were five very deserving players up for the final spot, and based on their numbers, some might say that Michael Young, Delmon Young, or Paul Konerko have been having better seasons than Swisher or Youklis. But the Youngs and Konerko just couldn't compete with Swisher's Twitter campaign, the celebrity and/or senate endorsements for Swish and Youk, or the sheer number of voters the larger market teams have.

In case you've been living under a rock (and because Sooze and I have been too dang busy to post the list for you until now), the All Star rosters are below. Keep in mind, some players are either on the DL or are in as replacements for those on the DL.


American League:
C: Joe Mauer (Minnesota)
1B: Justin Morneau (Minnesota)
2B:Robinson Cano (New York)
SS: Derek Jeter (New York)
3B: Evan Longoria (Tampa)
OF: Josh Hamilton (Texas)
OF: Carl Crawford (Tampa)
OF: Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle)
DH: Vladimir Guerrero (Texas)

National League:
C: Yadier Molina (St. Louis)
1B: Albert Pujols (St. Louis)
2B: Chase Utley (Philadelphia)
SS: Hanley Ramirez (Florida)
3B: David Wright (New York)
OF: Ryan Braun (Milwaukee)
OF: Andre Ethier (Los Angeles)
OF: Jason Heyward (Atlanta)
DH: To Be Determined


American League:
Clay Buchholz (Boston)
Trevor Cahill (Oakland)
Fausto Carmona (Cleveland)
Neftali Feliz (Texas)
Phil Hughes (New York)
Cliff Lee (Seattle)
Jon Lester (Boston)
Andy Pettitte (New York)
David Price (Tampa)
Mariano Rivera (New York)
CC Sabathia (New York)
Joakim Soria (Kansas City)
Rafael Soriano (Tampa)
Matt Thornton (Chicago)
Jose Valverde (Detroit)

National League:
Heath Bell (San Diego)
Jonathan Broxton (Los Angeles)
Matt Capps (Washington)
Chris Carpenter (St. Louis)
Yovani Gallardo (Milwaukee)
Roy Halladay (Philadelphia)
Tim Hudson (Atlanta)
Ubaldo Jimenez (Colorado)
Josh Johnson (Florida)
Tim Lincecum (San Francisco)
Evan Meek (Pittsburgh)
Arthur Rhodes (Cincinnati)
Adam Wainwright (St. Louis)
Brian Wilson (San Francisco)


American League:
C: John Buck (Toronto)
C: Victor Martinez (Boston)
1B: Miguel Cabrera (Detroit)
2B: Dustin Pedroia (Boston)
2B Ian Kinsler (Texas)
2B Ty Wigginton (Baltimore)
SS Elvis Andrus (Texas)
3B Adrian Beltre (Boston)
3B Alex Rodriguez (New York)
OF Jose Bautista (Toronto)
OF Torii Hunter (Los Angeles)
OF Nick Swisher (New York)
OF Vernon Wells (Toronto)
DH David Ortiz (Boston)

National League:
C Brian McCann (Atlanta)
1B Adrian Gonzalez (San Diego)
1B Ryan Howard (Philadelphia)
1B Joey Votto (Cincinnati)
2B Brandon Phillips (Cincinnati)
2B Martin Prado (Atlanta)
SS Jose Reyes (New York)
SS Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado)
3B Omar Infante (Atlanta)
3B Scott Rolen (Cincinnati)
OF Michael Bourn (Houston)
OF Marlon Byrd (Chicago)
OF Corey Hart (Milwaukee)
OF Matt Holliday (St. Louis)
OF Chris Young (Arizona)


UnHoly Diver said...

Look for Carpenter to either opt out or be removed. He's been suffering some soreness in his right forearm since getting hit by a line drive a couple weeks ago. And, despite what he and the team say, there is definitely more going on than they're admitting.