For the 87th year of the Midsummer Classic, baseball turns its sights to Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. This will be the first MLB All-Star game played at the Miami Marlins new ballpark. It was first opened back in 2012. Now every year there is always a lot of discussion and some of it a little dated about how the teams are put together. No system will ever be perfect. Fans don’t always get it right and managers won’t either. The fact that the players are able to vote for participants was a great choice and they know who is deserving. Regardless of who should or shouldn’t be in the game lets just accept that the best players will always be involved one way or another. Here are my all-stars keeping with the rules that every team be represented and a total of 34 players for each league.
* – indicates new to team
1. Boston Red Sox
A stellar rotation instantly makes them World Series contenders.
2. Toronto Blue Jays
Their lineup is still among the best, but will the bullpen be able to keep a lead?
3. Baltimore Orioles
There are too many question marks in the rotation to put them anywhere past a Wild Card spot.
4. New York Yankees
While a Wild Card spot isn’t out of the question, giving their young nucleus a season to grow could help them in the long run.
5. Tampa Bay Rays
They could certainly be an interesting team to watch if they played in a different division.