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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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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.

Of the 20 players chosen, 13 are in their 20s. These teams also reflect the increasing Latinization of the game. As many All-Stars were born in Latin America as in the U.S.

Fan balloting in the American League was much more on the money than in the National League, where I took issue with six of the eight starters.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

FIRST BASE -- MARK TEIXEIRA -- TEXAS RANGERS

At 25 the switch-hitter has earned the first of what should be many All-Star nods. Since last year's All-Star break, Teixeira has belted 42 homers and driven in 128 runs.

FANS' PICK -- TEIXEIRA

SECOND BASE -- BRIAN ROBERTS -- BALTIMORE ORIOLES

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