MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition

Welcome to the All Star edition of the MLB Power Rankings

7/2/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Jun 25, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) hits a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning at Fenway Park.  Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRELast week's Power Rankings were just a normal ranking. This week, the All Star rosters just came out, both for the American League and the National League, and every team had to be represented.

In honor of that, this week's edition of the MLB Power Rankings will mention each All Star selection and whether or not each player was deserving or undeserving, as well as who got snubbed from each team.

Without further ado, let's get started.


Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition1. Texas Rangers (Last week: 1) - Deserving: Adrian Beltre, Josh Hamilton, Elvis Andrus, Ian Kinsler, Matt Harrison, Joe Nathan
Undeserving: Mike Napoli
Snubbed: None
NOTE: Pitcher Yu Darvish is among the candidates for the "Final Vote"

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition2. New York Yankees (2) - Deserving: Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson
Undeserving: C.C. Sabathia (will miss the game due to injury anyway)
Snubbed: Hiroki Kuroda would have been a better choice than Sabathia, but I wouldn't exactly say he was snubbed.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition3. Washington Nationals (4) - Deserving: Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg
Undeserving: Ian Desmond
Snubbed: Jordan Zimmermann, Tyler Clippard
NOTE: Bryce Harper is another Final Vote candidate

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition4. Los Angeles Angels (8) - Deserving: Jered Weaver, CJ Wilson, Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: None
NOTE: Ernesto Frieri is a Final Vote candidate

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition5. San Francisco Giants (9) - Deserving: Buster Posey, Melky Cabrera, Matt Cain
Undeserving: Pablo Sandoval
Snubbed: Ryan Vogelsong

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition6. Los Angeles Dodgers (3) - Deserving: Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: Andre Ethier

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition7. Cincinnati Reds (7) - Deserving: Joey Votto, Aroldis Chapman
Undeserving: Jay Bruce
Snubbed: Brandon Phillips, Johnny Cueto

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition8. Baltimore Orioles (5) - Deserving: Adam Jones, Jim Johnson
Undeserving: Matt Wieters 
Snubbed: None
NOTE: Jason Hammel is a Final vote candidate

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition9. Pittsburgh Pirates (10) - Deserving: Joel Hanrahan, Andrew McCutchen
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: James McDonald

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition10. New York Mets (11) - Deserving: R.A. Dickey, David Wright
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: Johan Santana

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition11. Boston Red Sox (12) - Deserving: David Ortiz
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: None

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition12. Chicago White Sox (14) - Deserving: Chris Sale
Undeserving: Adam Dunn
Snubbed: Paul Konerko, AJ Pierzynski
NOTE: Jake Peavy is a Final Vote candidate

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition13. Tampa Bay Rays (6) - Deserving: David Price, Fernando Rodney
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: None

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition14. Atlanta Braves (13) - Deserving: Craig Kimbrel
Undeserving: Dan Uggla
Snubbed: None
NOTE: Michael Bourn and Chipper Jones are Final Vote candidates

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition15. St. Louis Cardinals (16) - Deserving: Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina
Undeserving: Rafael Furcal, Lance Lynn
Snubbed: Kyle Lohse
NOTE: David Freese is a Final Vote candidate

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition16. Cleveland Indians (18) - Deserving: Chris Perez, Asdrubal Cabrera
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: Jason Kipnis

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition17. Toronto Blue Jays (17) - Deserving: Jose Bautista
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: Edwin Encarnacion

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition18. Arizona Diamondbacks (15) - Deserving: Wade Miley
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: Paul Goldschmidt
NOTE: Aaron Hill is a Final Vote candidate

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition19. Detroit Tigers (19) - Deserving: Prince Fielder, Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: Austin Jackson

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition20. Miami Marlins (21) - Deserving: Giancarlo Stanton
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: None

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition21. Oakland Athletics (20) - Deserving: None
Undeserving: Ryan Cook
Snubbed: Josh Reddick

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition22. Milwaukee Brewers (23) - Deserving: Ryan Braun
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: Zack Greinke

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition23. Houston Astros (26) - Deserving: Jose Altuve
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: Jed Lowrie

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition24. Philadelphia Phillies (22) - Deserving: Cole Hamels, Carlos Ruiz
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: None

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition25. Seattle Mariners (25) - Deserving: Felix Hernandez
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: None

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition26. Minnesota Twins (27) - Deserving: Joe Mauer
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: None

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition27. Kansas City Royals (24) - Deserving: None
Undeserving: Billy Butler
Snubbed: None
NOTE: Jonathan Broxton is a Final Vote candidate

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition28. Colorado Rockies (28) - Deserving: Carlos Gonzalez
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: None

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition29. Chicago Cubs (30) - Deserving: Starlin Castro
Undeserving: Bryan LaHair
Snubbed: None

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings, All Star Edition30. San Diego Padres (29) - Deserving: Huston Street
Undeserving: None
Snubbed: None


Let me know where you think my Power Rankings are wrong, which snubs I missed, and which guys I incorrectly labeled deserving or undeserving. Let's debate!
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7/11/12   |   The Wakka Man   |   16 respect

ML31 wrote:
I'm not going to apologize for my fellow Giants fans over stuffing the box.  Not when Yankee, Red Sox and Card fans have done the same for decades.  Did I vote for the Panda?  No.  But then I didn't use 50 e-mail address to vote 1,250 times either. 

MLB set up a system that allows for fans to do that.  (I heard there was even a button to click that cast votes for all players from a single team!) Those who can take advantage of it do.  Just like the system allows for the Yankees and Red Sox to out spend everyone.  In both cases I disagree with the rules as I think they violate the spirit of competition. 

I still think the fans deserve the vote.  But it needs to be altered so that people can't literally vote 2,500 times!

I completely agree. Not only is there a button to automatically choose all the players from one team, but the official websites actually encourage the fans to use it. Madness.

7/9/12   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

The Wakka Man wrote:
It would be a lot easier to swallow if Giants fans hadn't bombarded the voting across the board, including getting their second baseman--who has yet to play a game this year--up to fourth place.

I'm not going to apologize for my fellow Giants fans over stuffing the box.  Not when Yankee, Red Sox and Card fans have done the same for decades.  Did I vote for the Panda?  No.  But then I didn't use 50 e-mail address to vote 1,250 times either. 

MLB set up a system that allows for fans to do that.  (I heard there was even a button to click that cast votes for all players from a single team!) Those who can take advantage of it do.  Just like the system allows for the Yankees and Red Sox to out spend everyone.  In both cases I disagree with the rules as I think they violate the spirit of competition. 

I still think the fans deserve the vote.  But it needs to be altered so that people can't literally vote 2,500 times!

7/9/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Pat wrote:
Not to mention their embarrassingly undeserving catcher. I like Posey, but Yadier Molina and Carlos Ruiz are both better than him right now by virtually every measurable standard.

It happens every year unfortunately.  How do you think Jason Bay got to start the '06 game on home turf at PNC Park?  Sure he probably deserved to be in the game, but no way was he worthy of starting.  The last few years I've started to wonder if fans really deserve to vote.  This year especially, there is no CF who deserves the NL start over Andrew McCutchen, yet he didn't get the vote because he plays for the Pirates, and too many people in the rest of baseball still held that against him.

7/9/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

The Wakka Man wrote:
It would be a lot easier to swallow if Giants fans hadn't bombarded the voting across the board, including getting their second baseman--who has yet to play a game this year--up to fourth place.

Not to mention their embarrassingly undeserving catcher. I like Posey, but Yadier Molina and Carlos Ruiz are both better than him right now by virtually every measurable standard.

7/9/12   |   The Wakka Man   |   16 respect

ML31 wrote:
My top 6 would be...  DC, NYY, Pit, ChiSox, SF, TX.

My bottom 6 would be...  Den, Sea, MN, Chi, Hou, SD.

Going on the assumption that "deserving" = "having a great 81 games" then yes.  The Panda probably shouldn't be there.  But... One could argue that this makes up for 2009 when he SHOULD have been there but was snubbed.  Also, in '09 he wasn't on the team.  At least Wright is still on the team and will be in the game and if the game is close, will be there in the end.

Also a snub was Sergio Romo.  Big time.  Again, if a snub means a player who's having a great 81 games....

It would be a lot easier to swallow if Giants fans hadn't bombarded the voting across the board, including getting their second baseman--who has yet to play a game this year--up to fourth place.

7/8/12   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

My top 6 would be...  DC, NYY, Pit, ChiSox, SF, TX.

My bottom 6 would be...  Den, Sea, MN, Chi, Hou, SD.

Going on the assumption that "deserving" = "having a great 81 games" then yes.  The Panda probably shouldn't be there.  But... One could argue that this makes up for 2009 when he SHOULD have been there but was snubbed.  Also, in '09 he wasn't on the team.  At least Wright is still on the team and will be in the game and if the game is close, will be there in the end.

Also a snub was Sergio Romo.  Big time.  Again, if a snub means a player who's having a great 81 games....

7/3/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

I remember how hard it was just a couple years ago to justify anyone on the Pirates being deserving of an all-star invite.  This year I'd throw Burnett in as a snub too, but as I said he's pitching Sunday.  It's amazing that this team has 4 guys deserving of an invite.

7/2/12   |   The Wakka Man   |   16 respect

Sandoval starting over Wright... what a ****ing joke.