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Dan Schlossberg’s Weekend Notebook

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The advent of the summer soltice means it’s time to vote.

In addition to the All-Star ballot, which I generally deplore because the election is so biased, members of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America fill out ballots for midseason awards.

That being said, here’s how I would pick the starting lineups for the July 16 All-Star Game at CitiField:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

C. Joe Mauer, Minnesota

1B. Chris Davis, Baltimore

2B. Dustin Pedroia, Boston

Dustin Pedroia's potent bat is keeping Boston atop the tough AL East

Dustin Pedroia’s potent bat is keeping Boston atop the tough AL East

SS. Jhonny Peralta, Detroit

3B. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit

OF. Mike Trout, Los Angeles

OF. Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston

OF. Adam Jones, Baltimore

DH. Nelson Cruz, Texas

NATIONAL LEAGUE

C. Yadier Molina, St. Louis

1B. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona

2B. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati

SS. Jean Segura, Milwaukee

3B. David Wright, New York

OF. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado

OF. Carlos Beltran, St. Louis

OF. Domonic Brown, Philadelphia

Carlos Gonzalez is a CarGo is a strong candidate to start in the All-Star Game

Carlos Gonzalez is a strong candidate to start in the All-Star Game

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzski (Rockies) would deserve to start if he weren’t on the disabled list. The same could be said of catcher Buster Posey and third baseman Pablo Sandoval (two giant Giants).

In the American League, it was tough leaving out designated hitter David Ortiz (Red Sox) and second basemen Robinson Cano (Yankees) and Ian Kinsler (Rangers), not to mention first baseman Cecil Fielder (Tigers).

All deserve a spot on the roster, along with National League Rookie of the Year frontrunner Evan Gattis (Braves).

Speaking of Gattis, he found a spot on the IBWAA Midseason Awards ballot.

Writers were asked to list their first five choices for MVP; top three for the Cy Young Award; and top two for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, and Reliever of the Year.

Here’s what I sent back:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

MVP

1. Chris Davis, Baltimore

2. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit

3. Cecil Fielder, Detroit

4. Dustin Pedroia, Boston

5. Max Scherzer, Detroit

CY YOUNG AWARD

1. Max Scherzer, Detroit

2. Clay Buchholz, Boston

3. Bartolo Colon, Oakland

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

1. Jurickson Profar, Texas

2. Nate Freiman, Oakland

3. Ryan Pressly, Minnesota

MANAGER OF THE YEAR

1. Joe Girardi, New York

2. Buck Showalter, Baltimore

RELIEVER OF THE YEAR

1. Mariano Rivera, New York

2. Joe Nathan, Texas

NATIONAL LEAGUE

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

1. Yadier Molina, St. Louis

2. Buster Posey, San Francisco

3. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado

4. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta

5. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado

CY YOUNG AWARD

1. Patrick Corbin, Arizona

2. Jordan Zimmermann, Washington

3. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

1. Evan Gattis, Atlanta

2. Shelby Miller, St. Louis

MANAGER OF THE YEAR

1. Bruce Bochy, San Francisco

2. Mike Matheny, St. Louis

RELIEVER OF THE YEAR

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Evan Gattis is baseball’s top rookie for the first half.

1. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta

2. Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh

Other thoughts on the first summer weekend:

Dan Uggla (Braves) was on track for his sixth 30-homer season before donning new contacts this weekend. Now that he can see, could he break his career high of 36? . . . .

Despite his blistering start, Yasiel Puig (Dodgers) does not deserve to go to the All-Star Game. He needs more of a track record first . . .

It boggles the mind that Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) is bidding for his second straight Triple Crown — and a shot at Hack Wilson’s single-season RBI record (191 in 1930) . . .

Jose Valverde didn’t last long with the Tigers, did he? It was surprising they brought him back after his postseason implosion of 2012 . . .

If Matt Harvey and Chris Wheeler do to the rest of the league what they did to the first-place Braves on Tuesday, the Mets won’t be a doormat much longer . . .

Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey (pictured) teamed to sweep the Braves

Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey (pictured) teamed to sweep the Braves

At last look, Ike Davis was regaining his stroke at AAA Las Vegas, suggesting an early return to New York. But what do the Mets do with Josh Satin, who’s thrived at first base, not to mention Lucas Duda, who’s much better defensively at first than he is in the outfield?

 

About Dan Schlossberg

Former AP sportswriter Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, NJ has produced 35 baseball books, including autobiographies of Ron Blomberg, Al Clark, and Milo Hamilton. Also a broadcaster, he is the host and executive producer of Braves Banter and Travel Itch Radio and a contributor to Sirius XM.

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