Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Baseball Bloggers Alliance Names 2011 All-Stars

Outfielders Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers led their respective leagues in balloting for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game as conducted by members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and announced today.

Bautista, who has an American League-leading 1.133 OPS to go along with his 24 home runs, was named on 50 ballots, not including one ballot that placed him at third base.  Bautista was joined in the outfield by Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees, who received 48 votes, and Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox, who tallied 23 votes.

There were few close races in the AL voting by the BBA.  The tightest was at third base, where Yankee Alex Rodriguez outpolled Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers 30-16.  All other races were decided by at least twenty votes save the nod for starting pitcher.  Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander won that 16-6 over Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels, but many bloggers did not designate a specific starter so fewer votes were cast in that category.

Other American League nods were to Tigers catcher Alex Avila, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox, Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano, and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera of the Cleveland Indians.  Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was selected at that position.

Over in the National League, Kemp’s stellar first half--he sits second in batting average, first in home runs, second in RBI and has 21 stolen bases to boot--earned him mention on 54 ballots.  Accompanying him in the outfield was Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals.

As in the junior circuit, the closest race in the NL was at the hot corner.  Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco edged out Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres 21-14, with Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones receiving 10 votes.

The other races were not a contest, as Braves catcher Brian McCann, Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder and second baseman Rickie Weeks, and New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes all won their slots by at least 25 votes.

Starting the contest for the NL was Roy Halladay, who easily outpolled his Philadelphia teammate Cole Hamels for the honor.

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in 2009 with the purpose of encouraging collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball.  As a secondary goal, they vote on various awards throughout the year.  In January, they recommended Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven for the Baseball Hall of Fame and in March, they created a new award to honor the top internet writer and then named it after the first recipient, Sports Illustrated’s Joe Posnanski.  You can find the BBA at their website or on Facebook.  You can follow the Alliance at @baseballblogs on Twitter or via the hashtag #BBBA.

For reference, these are the ballots posted by members:

American League
22gigantes
500 Level Fan
85% Sports
90 Feet of Perfection
The Ball Caps Blog
Baseball Addict
Baseball Is My Boyfriend
Baseballism
The Bat Shatters
Blogging From The Bleachers
Blue Heaven
The Blue Jay Hunter
Boston Red Thoughts
Bronx Baseball Daily
Camden Crazies
Chicken Fried Baseball
Colorado Springs Fantasy Baseball Addict
Detroit Tigers Scorecard
Diamond Hoggers
Double G Sports
Dropped Strike Three
Dugger Sports
Dugout24
Fightin Phillies
The Flagrant Fan
The Full Count
Fungoes
Going Yard
I70 Baseball
John’s Big League Baseball Blog
Kings of Kauffman
Left Field
MLB Live Wire
Motor City Bengals
Nationals News Network
North Dakota Twins Fan
Off Base Percentage
Old English D
Old Time Family Baseball
The On Deck Circle
Orioles Hangout
Oysta Buns
Pitchers Hit Eighth
The Platoon Advantage
RetroSimba
Seed Spitters
Snow Woulda Had It
Splice Today
Tee Ball Baseball Blog
The Tribe Daily
Twins Trivia
What’s Brewin In Sports
Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke?
World Series 41, Rangers Fan 1

National League
22gigantes
500 Level Fan
85% Sports
90 Feet of Perfection
The Ball Caps Blog
Baseball Addict
Baseball Is My Boyfriend
Baseballism
The Bat Shatters
Blogging From The Bleachers
Blue Heaven
Boston Red Thoughts
Bronx Baseball Daily
C70 At The Bat
Camden Crazies
Chicken Fried Baseball
Colorado Springs Fantasy Baseball Addict
The Crazy Crabbers
Detroit Tigers Scorecard
Diamond Hoggers
Double G Sports
Dropped Strike Three
Dugger Sports
Dugout24
Feeling Dodger Blue
Fightin Phillies
The Flagrant Fan
The Full Count
Fungoes
Going Yard
I70 Baseball
John’s Big League Baseball Blog
Left Field
Marlin Maniac
Marlins Diehards
MLB Live Wire
Motor City Bengals
Nationals News Network
North Dakota Twins Fan
North Side Notch
Off Base Percentage
Old English D
Old Time Family Baseball
The On Deck Circle
Orioles Hangout
Oysta Buns
Pitchers Hit Eighth
The Platoon Advantage
RetroSimba
Seed Spitters
Snow Woulda Had It
Splice Today
Stan Musial’s Stance
Tee Ball Baseball Blog
The Tribe Daily
Twins Trivia
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog
What’s Brewin In Sports
Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke?
World Series 41, Rangers Fan 1

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