2011 MLB All-Star Game Looks to be National League vs. Yankees

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National League All-Stars vs. the Yankees?

Members of the New York Yankees hold leads in the fan All-Star voting at six of the nine positions.  This is at all except designated hitter, where Michael Young has a slight lead over David Ortiz, and in two-thirds of the outfield, where Toronto’s Jose Bautista and Texas’ Josh Hamilton surround the Yankees’ Curtis Granderson. There are always flaws with the voting process and fans stuffing ballots, but at the moment some of the anomalies have reached epic proportions. Frankly, it’s become a bit silly. Why don’t we just have the Yankees play the National League All-Stars?

1)      I’m not suggesting that Mark Teixeira isn’t an All-Star, but he’s no Adrian Gonzalez.

2)      In 2011, Derek Jeter is the American League’s best shortstop? I know that most of the stud shortstops are now in the National League, but what’s wrong with Asdrubal Cabrera? His 10 HRs, 36 RBI and .286 BA aren’t better than Jeter’s 2 HRs, 16 RBI and .264 BA? There are some arguing that Jeter shouldn’t even be playing the position anymore and we are going to have him represent the AL as the best at the position? 

3)      Russell Martin is the American League’s best catcher? You think shortstop is a thin position in the AL, how about the catcher spot! To be honest, I don’t even know who would be better than Martin, but gee willikers, do we have to have a guy hitting .242 as the starting American League All-Star catcher?

Interestingly, in a “feel good” happenstance, Michael Young is trying to make the American League All-Star team at his third position, which would be a rarity. After a controversial offseason with the Texas Rangers attempting to trade him and ultimately replacing him at third base and moving him to DH, Young currently has a narrow lead of about 28,000 votes over David Ortiz at the DH position, the “usual” vote getter for the spot. Young has previously made six All-Star teams as a shortstop and a third baseman.

He’s Baack…..

Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez held the Los Angeles Dodgers to four singles and didn’t let a runner reach second until the ninth inning in a 3-0 shutout for his first win of the season on Wednesday night. Jimenez tossed a 106 pitch-9 inning gem, allowing only 4 hits with no walks and 7 K’s.

Jimenez stated before the game that he watched video of himself from last year and pinpointed what the problems have been with his pitching mechanics, telling reporters before the game that he needed to stay “really tall,” as he put it, rather than bending and spinning and losing momentum during his unorthodox delivery. It will be interesting to see if Jimenez can duplicate this success at Coors Field. In four road starts, he is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA and a .098 opponents’ batting average while at home he is 0-4, 7.67 with a .321 opponents’ average.

Angels’ Charter Flight Makes Emergency Landing At LAX 

The Angels’ charter flight from Kansas City to Orange County was forced to make an emergency landing late Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport after the pilot reported possible hydraulic problems. According to several reports, the crew was unsure it would be able to bring the plane to a safe stop, so the Delta charter, carrying 51 players and staff, was diverted to LAX, which has longer runways. The Boeing 737 landed without incident just before 9 p.m.

I don’t know what all the hoopla was about here. This shows you how soft we’ve gotten as a society these days. Fred Flintstone wouldn’t need no stinkin’ brakes to stop. He would have just stuck his feet out and stopped the darned thing.