For the 92nd year of the Midsummer Classic, baseball goes to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The last time the mid-summer classic was played in LA was in 1980. 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, nor the commissioner’s office. 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 32 players for each league.
NL MVP – 1B Matt Olson – Atlanta Braves
AL MVP – P/DH Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels
NL Cy Young – Max Scherzer – New York Mets
AL Cy Young – Jose Berrios – Toronto Blue Jays
NL Rookie of the Year – P Hunter Greene – Cincinnati Reds
AL Rookie of the Year – OF Julio Rodriguez – Seattle Mariners
NL Manager of the Year – Craig Counsell – Milwaukee Brewers
AL Manager of the Year – Charlie Montoyo – Toronto Blue Jays
NL Division Winners – Dodgers, Brewers, Braves
NL Wild Card Winners – Cardinals, Padres, Mets
AL Division Winners – White Sox, Blue Jays, Mariners
AL Wild Card Winners – Rays, Astros, Angels
NLCS – Dodgers over Brewers
ALCS – Blue Jays over White Sox
World Series – Dodgers over Blue Jays
* – indicates new to team
+ – indicates injury
1. Milwaukee Brewers
Their pitching staff is among the best in baseball. Can the bats match the output their arms provide?
2. St. Louis Cardinals
It will be a farewell tour for the ‘Big 3’ of Wainwright, Molina and Pujols as they march towards another October together.
3. Chicago Cubs
The transition to a new era on the Northside begins with a new crop of youngsters taking the reins.
4. Cincinnati Reds
They have slashed payroll once again and it cost them Jesse Winker in the process.
5. Pittsburgh Pirates
There isn’t much to say as the ‘Jolly Roger’ won’t be raised very much in Pittsburgh.
Player to Watch: P Corbin Burnes – Milwaukee Brewers
Best Acquisition: OF Seiya Suzuki – Chicago Cubs
New Kid on the Block: P Hunter Greene – Cincinnati Reds
31 Years Later
A Statement Was Made