Monday, July 5, 2010

All-Star thoughts

Ethier to start, Broxton makes second straight team

Andre Ethier and Jonathan Broxton will represent the Dodgers at the 2010 MLB All-Star Game on July 11.

Ethier was voted to start in right field, while Broxton was selected by the team's manager, Philadelphia's Charlie Manuel.

There were a couple other Dodgers worthy of consideration -- Rafael Furcal and Clayton Kershaw. Furcal has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball for the last month, while Kershaw is anchoring the staff as a 22-year-old.

Surprisingly, Furcal has never made an all-star team. Kershaw will before his career is through.

There was some support for Hong-Chih Kuo, who is perhaps the best left-handed reliever in the majors, but he was beaten out by Arthur Rhodes of the Reds.

If Matt Kemp had not had a horrific month of June, he would have certainly been considered.

There was one huge head-scratcher on the NL side...

How in the world did Omar Infante make the all-star team? Really?

A utility player from the Braves hitting an empty .309 makes the team over some other worthy candidates. That is just a travesty.

This is the process, unfortunately. Guys like Ryan Howard will be chosen by his manager over a more deserving candidate, namely Joey Votto, the NL leader in OPS.

It looks like the AL is going to take home-field in the World Series.

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