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. Washington Nationals
The only flaw is the back end of their bullpen, but they could remedy that before the trade deadline.
2. New York Mets
This is easily one of the deepest rosters the Mets franchise have ever had.
3. Miami Marlins
With the loss of Jose Fernandez to a boat accident, they’ll have to rebuild the rotation.
4. Atlanta Braves
The new ballpark will be open and it’s time to see all the talent the Braves have accumulated for the past two seasons.
5. Philadelphia Phillies
Another year in the cellar is likely, but the Phillies future is looking brighter each day.
He was by all accounts a great person. Humble right down to the very core. I could go on and on about how incredible he was on the mound pitching for the Miami Marlins, but we all know that was only a small part of his life.
As with past deadline deals these will be highly scrutinized for many years. Instantly we see and decide who got the better end of the deal, but we really won’t know until at least two or three seasons down the road. The only way to know in real time is if the team getting the established major leaguer goes on to win a World Series. Time will tell if that happens this year with the flurry of names (a few marquee ones) being dealt this July.