All-Star Selections: Part I

I have a spreadsheet.

Many people have seen this spreadsheet, and every single one of them has laughed at it.  My spreadsheet is a work-in-progress… it’s essentially my own way of evaluating players against one another, blindly.  I tweak it every year.  I’m pretty proud of it.

The whole purpose of this exercise is to determine who I want to vote into the All-Star Game.  Well, today, the official selections were made.  So I figured it was time to unveil my own selections.

Basically, I compare players by league by position.  I fill up the starters and one backup at each position (as well as several pitchers… more on this later) by merit.  I’m then left with a few slots to make “at-large” picks – essentially, fill in guys on un-represented teams, and then go down the line with the most-deserving.

All based on the spreadsheet.

I’m going to break this into a couple different entries.  The first is this one: The NL position players.  This includes the starters and one backup at each position (two in the outfield).  This gives us a very good starting point.

Starters are italicized.

C: B. McCann (ATL), B. Molina (SFG)
1B: A. Pujols (STL), P. Fielder (MIL)
2B: C. Utley (PHI), O. Hudson (LAD)
3B: D. Wright (NYM), M. Reynolds (ARI)
SS: H. Ramirez (FLA), M. Tejada (HOU)
OF: R. Braun (MIL), A. Dunn (WSN), B. Hawpe (COL), J. Upton (ARI), R. Ibanez (PHI)

What I like about how this roster is already shaping up is that I’ve only chosen 15 players, and all but four teams (Chicago, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and San Diego) are already represented.  No single NL team has more than one starter.

Tomorrow, we’ll do the A.L. batters, and if I’m feeling particularly frisky, the pitchers.

I don’t know how, but somehow while I was gone for the better part of two (three?) months, I stayed in the MLBlogs Top 50, falling to #48.  That’s a testament, I think, to how wonderful my readers are, and I really appreciate everyone’s support. 

It was a bit of a tough road to hoe for a while, but believe me when I say I wanted to blog very much.  Just think of all those long-winded missives you were spared.

In all honesty, I’d like to thank you all for your continued support and encouragement.  It may not have looked like I noticed, but I did.

No farm report or anything like that tonight.  I have to ease myself back into the swing of things.  I’m working on a documentary that begins shooting in April, so a lot of my attention is on that for the time being.  More anon.


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