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My All-Star Team
Tom Verducci
July 11, 2005
Meet the new faces of baseball. Conspicuous by their absence on my 2005 All-Star teams are the eight active home run leaders and their combined 52 All-Star appearances: Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Ken Griffey Jr., Jeff Bagwell, Frank Thomas, Juan Gonzalez and Jim Thome.
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July 11, 2005

My All-star Team

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CATCHER -- RAMON HERNANDEZ -- SAN DIEGO PADRES

Where have you gone, Johnny Bench and Gary Carter? Hernandez, who's on the DL with an injured left wrist, earns the spot with his superior defense.

FANS' PICK -- MIKE PIAZZA, Mets

OUTFIELD -- MIGUEL CABRERA -- FLORIDA MARLINS

Imagine how good he'll be when he grows up. Cabrera, 22, has hit better than .300 in each of the three months this season and batted .344 with runners in scoring position.

FANS' PICK -- JIM EDMONDS, Cardinals

OUTFIELD -- ANDRUW JONES -- ATLANTA BRAVES

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