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Oh, it's time for the All-Star Game again
2006-07-02 16:48
by Bob Timmermann

The starters and reserves

Teams that would make the playoffs right now (July 2) that have only one representative:

Oakland (AL West) - Barry Zito
San Diego (NL West) - Trevor Hoffman
Cincinnati (NL Wildcard) - Bronson Arroyo

2006-07-02 18:04:46
1.   das411
And who would've thought at the beginning of the season that Cleveland would have the same # of All-stars as the Devil Rays??
2006-07-02 18:17:41
2.   DXMachina
Clearly the East Coast liberal media (and their Canadian allies) are orchestrating this whole thing.
2006-07-02 18:21:41
3.   DXMachina
Also, apparently Bobby Abreau is trying to make the squad as a pitcher.
2006-07-02 18:22:43
4.   DXMachina
Abreu. D'oh!
2006-07-02 18:27:29
5.   Bob Timmermann
Are Mets fans a monolithic enough of a voting bloc to give Billy Wagner a spot? The Phillies fans aren't going to choose Abreu.
2006-07-02 19:05:18
6.   DXMachina
From what the Mets fans have been saying about Wagner on WFAN, his approval rating is lower than Bush's, so I suspect electoral outlook is bleak. Yankee fans hate him, too, because he walks in from the bullpen to the same song that Mariano Rivera uses.
2006-07-02 19:25:29
7.   Bob Timmermann
The voting for the last spot is exclusively online.

I would think Nomar Garciaparra has the edge in the NL race because of name recognition and popularity with his home fans. Wagner and Abreu aren't popular with their teams. Capuano and Young don't have enough name recognition.

In the AL, I think Travis Hafner would be the guy to bet on. says that you can vote by cell phone (for 30 cents a pop!) and teams that are home will have a short code available to use to vote for a particular player.

You would have to think that a sold out Dodger Stadium crowd on July 4 will turn out a few votes for him.

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