Tag:2008 All-Star Game
Posted on: May 21, 2008 3:20 pm

Early All-Star Game roster projections

The 79th midsummer classic - the All-Star Game - heads back to Yankee Stadium.   This is the last year of the stadium as we know it before the new one opens in 2009.  Yankee Stadium has hosted three previous all star games (1939, 1960 and 1977) and the NL has the advantage 2-1.  Is it time for the NL to take back All-Star crown?  The AL won 10 of the past 11 All-Star games so it's about time the NL catch up.  

Speaking of the All-Star Game, do you think it's time the league makes some changes to how they do things - like choose players?   Anyone have any changes to propose for picking the players on the roster, or do you like how fans vote in the starters? What about the entire week of events. . . is it too much pomp and circumstance?  Is it time to go back to the basics?  And, who in their right minds can afford these ticket prices, upwards of $700 -- Taco Bell All-Star Sunday - $50 - $225 each; Gatorade All-Star Workout Day - $100 - $650 each; 79th MLB All-Star Game - $150 - $725 each.  In my opinion, it's insane.

Either way, the All-Star game is right around the corner and fans still need to vote in their favorite players.  It's a little (or a lot) early, but here are projected AL and NL rosters:

American League:

First Base
Red Sox Kevin Youkilis
Twins Justin Morneau

Second Base
Orioles Brian Roberts
Red Sox Dustin Pedroia

Third Base
Yankees Alex Rodriguez
Tigers Miguel Cabrera 

Yankees Derek Jeter
Rangers Michael Young

Indians Victor Martinez
White Sox A.J. Pierzynski
Twins Joe Mauer

Rangers Josh Hamilton, CF
Indians Grady Sizemore, CF
Mariners Ichiro Suzuki, CF
Tigers Magglio Ordonez, RF
Athletics Emil Brown, RF
Red Sox Manny Ramirez, LF
White Sox Carlos Quentin, LF
Designated Hitter
Red Sox David Ortiz

Starting Pitchers
Indians Cliff Lee (L)
Boston Daisuke Matsuzaka (R)
Rays James Shields  (R)
Blue Jays Roy Halladay (R)
Angels Joe Saunders (L)
Yankees Chien-Ming Wang (R)
Royals Zack Greinke (R)

Relief Pitchers
Red Sox Jonathan Papelbon (R)
Yankees Mariano Rivera (R)
Angels Francisco Rodriguez (R)
Orioles George Sherrill (L)
Royals Joakim Soria (R)



National League

First Base
Cubs Derrek Lee
Astros Lance Berkman
Cardinals Albert Pujols
Second Base

Phillies Chase Utley
Marlins Dan Uggla

Astros Miguel Tejada
Marlins' Hanley Ramirez
Dodgers Rafael Furcal

Third Base
Mets David Wright
Braves Chipper Jones
Rockies Garrett Atkins 

Cubs Geovany Soto
Braves Brian McCann
Dodgers Russell Martin

Pirates Nate McLouth CF
Rockies Matt Holliday, LF
Brewers Ryan J. Braun, LF
Phillies Pat Burrell, LF
Mets Ryan Church, RF
Cubs Alfonso Soriano, LF

Starting Pitchers
Diamondbacks Brandon Webb (R)
Mets Johan Santana (L)
Reds Edinson Volquez (R)
Giants Tim Lincecum (R)
Padres Jake Peavy, (R)
Cubs Carlos Zambrano (R)
Phillies Cole Hamels (L)
Relief Pitchers
Phillies Brad Lidge (R)
Diamondbacks Brandon Lyon (R)
Mets Billy Wagner (L)
Nationals Jon Rauch (R)


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