With the All Star game write around the corner, the roster is shaping up. The top vote getters so far are Alex Rodriguez at 3B and Derek Jeter at SS. As of now, there are only around 10,000 votes separating them from number 1 honors. Alex Rodriguez leads it, but barely. Also, Ortiz is also in the mix, just 40,000 or so behind. Lets begin the breakdown position by position.
At first base, Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox leads the voting with 1,915,376 followed by Justin Morneau of the Twins with 1,641,467. Both of these first basement are excellent, and it doesnt matter too much to me of who starts the All Star game.
At second base, Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox leads the voting with 1,669,216. He is followed by Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers with 1,485,530 votes. Again, the race here is close and either one of these players could end up starting. I really dont care which of them start, they both are very good players. However, if he and Youkilis start, the Red Sox will control the right side of the infield, while the Yankees control the left side.
At short stop, Derek Jeter leads the voting and Im 100% positive that Michael Young of the Rangers wont be able to catch up. Jeters having and o.k. year but he has been doing a lot better as of late.
At third base, Alex Rodriguez, at this time, leads all vote getters with 2,518,067. Again, Im 100% positive that Mike Lowell will not be able to catch up, as ARod has nearly a million vote lead over Lowells 1,313,090. ARod is putting up really good numbers like he does every year, and if he wasnt injured before, he would have even better numbers.
At catcher, Joe Mauer of the Twins leads the voting with 1,632,338. However, he is followed closely by Jason Varitek of the Red Sox with 1,487,390. Here, I think Mauer is the better choice because he is batting .321 with 32 RBIs and 3 homers, as opposed to Variteks low .225 average 25 RBIs and 7 homers. Even with Variteks more homers, Mauer still drives in more and hits for a better average. Mauer is my choice to be the starting catcher.
On the outfield, Manny Ramirez of the Red Sox and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers lead have basically secured 2 of the 3 outfield spots, as they have received 2 million plus votes each. However, the third spot is up for grabs, even though Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners maintains a slim lead over everyone else, as he has 1,397,460 votes. The other people in the mix include Vlad Guerro with 1,187,273 votes, Bobby Abreu of the Yankees with 1,141,618, J.D. Drew of the Red Sox with 1,134,658, and Johnny Damon of the Yankees with 1,104,990. The outfield position will probably be the most exciting race to watch to see who gets the 3rd position in the outfield.
At the last position, DH, David Ortiz of the Red Sox leads it by nearly a million over second place Hideki Matsui of the Yankees. Ortiz has 2,482,981 to Matsuis 1,567,847.
I think the fans got it right, and are putting the best people in their respective areas. I dont really have that many complaints with the way the starting lineup is looking. If you agree or disagree with anything, leave a comment.