So a while back, I noted that this year should be interesting for All Star selections. Notably that Ozzie will have a field day picking all of his White Sox. so with about a week, week and a half, left in voting, I figured I would revisit.
In the last month, nothing has really changed in terms of Ozzie having the potential to pick tons of his own guys.
So here are the guys I see making the team.
Pierzynski - the guy is 8th in the league in hitting. Ozzie loves him. And with 30 man rosters, he can easily carry 3 catchers (the fan winner currently Tek, the most deserving, Mauer, and AJ)
Konerko and Thome - maybe and just maybe, Konerko does not make it. With Papi the 1B starter and no DH, Thome is a lock. Konerko is in a tight race with Giambi, Hafne and Mourneau for a third first baseman. Tough call.
Dye - a no brainer for an OF selection.
Crede - this is a tough call. A-rod is the starter. Glaus is a no brainer as the back up. But Crede could easily be considered third best. Or at least defensible. Chavez has cooled. Lowell has a ton of doubles and has had a great year, but again, Ozzie makes the picks. And actually I don't have a problem with Crede making the team - he may never get there again.
Iguchi - he has struggled a bit lately. but after Cano, who is there at 2B? Maybe Jose Lopez? Roberts? I know he has been hurt, but can you believe he has ZERO HRs.
Podsednik - I originally thought maybe. Ozzie could defend it as "if they need a SB." but that was when he was hitting close to .300. He has gone from .290 to .250 pretty fast.
So I can easily see 5 position players.
Contreras might be the best pitcher in the AL right now. He's in.
Buerhle - 8 wins as well. he's in.
Jenks - he loves Jenks. He's probably in. With Papelbon and Ryan.
And that may be it. Vazquez and Garcia have come back to earth. And Garland has struggled.
so probably we have 8 Chi Sox in the ASG. And that might actually be about right.