As long as Fox is billing the All-Star Game as "This time it counts," let's make sure the best players get to Chicago on July 15. Here are the most deserving All-Stars (considered only for the position they have played the most).
C Jorge Posada, Yankees Through June 15 he had the most RBIs (311) of any catcher since 2000 and is clearly the best in the league at the position.
IB Carlos Delgado, Blue Jays The league leader in home runs (22) and RBIs (76) is on pace to surpass 100 RBIs for the sixth straight year.
2B Bret Boone, Mariners He's having a bigger offensive season than the Yankees' Alfonso Soriano and still has those soft hands in the field.
3B Hank Blalock, Rangers With a .341 average and solid play in the field, this second-year player gets the nod over Anaheim's Troy Glaus in a coin flip.
SS Alex Rodriguez, Rangers Boston's Nomar Garciaparra was outslugging him thanks to 12 triples, but with 16 home runs and reliable defense A-Rod is the class of the field.
LF Manny Ramirez, Red Sox Versatile Melvin Mora of Baltimore is having a terrific season, but Ramirez's run production (51 RBIs) is superior.
CF Vernon Wells, Blue Jays In the AL only Delgado had more RBIs than Wells (61), who is also stellar in the field.