Monday, July 25, 2011

2010 All-MLB Teams

I've selected my First, Second, and Third All-MLB teams.  Why Major League Baseball (and every major sports league) doesn't actually hand out these awards, I don't know.  They do it in the NBA and it makes so much sense.  It's a very simple and concise way to look back and determine the best players in a certain season; and looking at them over a period of time gives a very simple and concise summary of the best players of that era.  Cy Young and MVP awards do that, but only for the best hitter and best pitcher in each league--the All-MLB teams cover a much wider swath.  With the introduction out of the way, here are my selections.

Catcher: Joe Mauer, Minnesota
First Baseman: Joey Votto, Cincinnati
Second Baseman: Robinson Cano, New York AL
Third Baseman: Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay
Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado
Left Field: Josh Hamilton, Texas
Center Field: Andres Torres, San Francisco
Right Field: Joey Bautista, Toronto
Designated Hitter: David Ortiz, Boston
Starting Pitchers: Cliff Lee, Seattle/Texas; Roy Halladay, Philadelphia; Felix Hernandez, Seattle; Adam Wainwright, St. Louis; Jered Weaver, Los Angeles AL
Relief Pitchers: Joaquin Benoit, Tampa Bay; Billy Wagner, Atlanta; Hong-Chih Kuo, Los Angeles NL

Catcher: Brian McCann, Atlanta
First Baseman: Albert Pujols, St. Louis
Second Baseman: Kelly Johnson, Arizona
Third Baseman: Adrian Beltre, Boston
Shortstop: Hanley Ramirez, Florida
Left Field: Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado
Center Field: Chris Young, Arizona
Right Field: Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland
Starting Pitchers: Josh Johnson, Florida; Francisco Liriano, Minnesota; Roy Oswalt, Houston/Philadelphia; Justin Verlander, Detroit; Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado
Relief Pitchers: Joakim Soria, Kansas City; Carlos Marmol, Chicago NL; Matt Thornton, Chicago AL

Catcher: Victor Martinez, Boston
First Baseman: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit
Second Baseman: Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee
Third Baseman: Ryan Zimmerman, Washington
Shortstop: Stephen Drew, Arizona
Left Field: Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay
Center Field: Angel Pagan, New York NL
Right Field: Jayson Werth, Philadelphia
Starting Pitchers: Jon Lester, Boston; Mat Latos, San Diego; David Price, Tampa Bay; C.C. Sabathia, New York AL; Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles NL
Relief Pitchers: Rafael Soriano, Tampa Bay; Mariano Rivera, New York AL; Brian Wilson, San Francisco

And that's that.  A couple notes, though: 1) each player was available at only one position, the one they played most often; 2) a designated hitter was selected only for the first team because only 14 of 30 teams use one.

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