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  • June 29th, 2011

    June 29, 2011:
    Baseball Bloggers Alliance Names
    their 2011 All-Star Selections

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:37 pm in Baseball,BBA,Random Thoughts Comments (15)

    Outfielders Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers led their respective leagues in balloting for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game as conducted by members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) and announced today.

    Bautista, with an American League-leading 1.133 OPS to go along with his 24 home runs, was named on 50 ballots, not including one ballot that placed him at third base. Bautista was joined in the outfield by Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees, who received 48 votes, and Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox, who tallied 23 votes.

    There were few close races in the AL voting by the BBA. The tightest was at third base, where Yankee Alex Rodriguez outpolled Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers 30-16. All other races were decided by at least twenty votes save the nod for starting pitcher. Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander won that 16-6 over Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels, but many bloggers did not designate a specific starter so fewer votes were cast in that category.

    Other American League nods went to Tigers catcher Alex Avila, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox, Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano, and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera of the Cleveland Indians. Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was selected at that position.

    Over in the National League, Kemp’s stellar first half–he sits second in batting average, first in home runs, second in RBI and has 21 stolen bases to boot–earned him mention on 54 ballots. Accompanying him in the outfield was Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals.

    As in the AL, the closest race in the NL was at the hot corner, with Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco edging out Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres 21-14, with Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones receiving 10 votes.

    The other races were not a contest, as Braves catcher Brian McCann, Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder and second baseman Rickie Weeks, and New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes all won their slots by at least 25 votes.

    Starting the contest for the NL was Roy Halladay, who easily outpolled his Philadelphia teammate Cole Hamels for the honor.

    The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in 2009 with the purpose of encouraging collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball. As a secondary goal, they vote on various awards throughout the year. In January, they recommended Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven for the Baseball Hall of Fame and in March, they created a new award to honor the top internet writer and then named it after the first recipient, Sports Illustrated’s Joe Posnanski. You can find the BBA at their website or on Facebook. You can follow the Alliance at @baseballblogs on Twitter or via the hashtag #BBBA.

    For reference, these are the ballots posted by members:

    American League Voters:
    22gigantes
    500 Level Fan
    85% Sports
    90 Feet of Perfection
    The Ball Caps Blog
    Baseball Addict
    Baseball Is My Boyfriend
    Baseballism
    The Bat Shatters
    Blogging From The Bleachers
    Blue Heaven
    The Blue Jay Hunter
    Boston Red Thoughts
    Bronx Baseball Daily
    Camden Crazies
    Chicken Fried Baseball
    Colorado Springs Fantasy Baseball Addict
    Detroit Tigers Scorecard
    Diamond Hoggers
    Double G Sports
    Dropped Strike Three
    Dugger Sports
    Dugout24
    Fightin Phillies
    The Flagrant Fan
    The Full Count
    Fungoes
    Going Yard
    I70 Baseball
    John’s Big League Baseball Blog
    Kings of Kauffman
    Left Field
    MLB Live Wire
    Motor City Bengals
    Nationals News Network
    North Dakota Twins Fan
    Off Base Percentage
    Old English D
    Old Time Family Baseball
    The On Deck Circle
    Orioles Hangout
    Oysta Buns
    Pitchers Hit Eighth
    The Platoon Advantage
    RetroSimba
    Seed Spitters
    Snow Woulda Had It
    Splice Today
    Tee Ball Baseball Blog
    The Tribe Daily
    Twins Trivia
    What’s Brewin In Sports
    Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke?
    World Series 41, Rangers Fan 1

    National League Voters:
    22gigantes
    500 Level Fan
    85% Sports
    90 Feet of Perfection
    The Ball Caps Blog
    Baseball Addict
    Baseball Is My Boyfriend
    Baseballism
    The Bat Shatters
    Blogging From The Bleachers
    Blue Heaven
    Boston Red Thoughts
    Bronx Baseball Daily
    C70 At The Bat
    Camden Crazies
    Chicken Fried Baseball
    Colorado Springs Fantasy Baseball Addict
    The Crazy Crabbers
    Detroit Tigers Scorecard
    Diamond Hoggers
    Double G Sports
    Dropped Strike Three
    Dugger Sports
    Dugout24
    Feeling Dodger Blue
    Fightin Phillies
    The Flagrant Fan
    The Full Count
    Fungoes
    Going Yard
    I70 Baseball
    John’s Big League Baseball Blog
    Left Field
    Marlin Maniac
    Marlins Diehards
    MLB Live Wire
    Motor City Bengals
    Nationals News Network
    North Dakota Twins Fan
    North Side Notch
    Off Base Percentage
    Old English D
    Old Time Family Baseball
    The On Deck Circle
    Orioles Hangout
    Oysta Buns
    Pitchers Hit Eighth
    The Platoon Advantage
    RetroSimba
    Seed Spitters
    Snow Woulda Had It
    Splice Today
    Stan Musial’s Stance
    Tee Ball Baseball Blog
    The Tribe Daily
    Twins Trivia
    Victoria Seals Baseball Blog
    What’s Brewin In Sports
    Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke?
    World Series 41, Rangers Fan 1

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