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Monday, July 03, 2006

Interesting final vote selections

Think the All-Star voting is complete? Not yet.

The five American League and five National League Final Vote candidates have been named.

In the AL, there is Cleveland slugger Travis Hafner, Minnesota rookie pitching sensation Francisco Liriano, Detroit rookie fireballer Justin Verlander, Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski and Baltimore catcher Ramon Hernandez.

The NL side features Milwaukee left-hander Chris Capuano, Philadelphia outfielder Bobby Abreu, San Diego pitcher Chris Young, New York pitcher Billy Wagner and Los Angeles first baseman Nomar Garciaparra.

To me, the picks are Hafner and Garciaparra.

Hafner has put up numbers that are comparable to David Ortiz and Jim Thome, both of whom are on the AL squad already. Not to mention he'd bring the best nickname in the game to the team.

In the NL, all Garciaparra is doing is leading the league in hitting and driving in clutch run after clutch run. Come on, if Freddy Sanchez deserves to be on the squad, doesn't Nomar? That being said, it's hard to count out Young and Capuano, two pitchers who have been the difference between where their teams are and absolute rock bottom.


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