Tis the season for delegates, superdelegates, uber delegates, and super-duper delegates. All across the nation people are campaigning for their candidates, proclaiming their greatness and downplaying the attributes of their competitors. So in the spirit of things, and without further ado, I’ve decided to announce my endorsement for those I feel will best lead us into the future. A future of glory, prestige, and prominence.
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The Serious Tip’s 2008 Endorsements
First Base – Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers
Because he went to my high school. Started last year with 2,706,020 votes.
Second Base – Dan Uggla, Florida Marlins
Toss-up between Uggla or Chase Utley. Uggla wasn’t even in the top five in fan votes for his position last year. That’s a shame. Vote for Uggla.
Shortstop – Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins
Again, a Marlin or a Phillie (Jimmy Rollins)? Ramirez is the most underrated player in baseball and deserves to be an all-star. How has he not been an all-star yet? Oh yeah, Jose Reyes. I guess we don’t have to worry about him this year.
Third Base – David Wright, New York Mets
Between Wright or Chipper Jones. I can’t do it. No matter how good of a season he is having, I can’t vote for a grown man named “Chipper”.
Outfield – Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks
Might as well start getting used to voting for him now. He is going to be an all-star for a long time.
Outfield – Matt Holiday, Colorado Rockies
The coming-out party continues for one of the best hitters in the National League.
Outfield – Xavier Nady, Pittsburgh Pirates
Because for some reason Lance Berkman is listed as a first baseman. I thought he was an outfielder.
Catcher – Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
First Base – Carlos Pena, Tampa Bay Rays
Slow start this year, but 46 homers last year deserves a reward. And Big Papi can’t play first if his life depended on it.
Second Base – Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
I have nothing against Cano. Even for a Yankee, he’s a good ballplayer. Even though Cano is hitting around .200 this year, I refuse to vote for Dustin Pedroia. And voting for Akinori Iwamura might scream of homerism.
Shortstop – Michael Young, Texas Rangers
Five straight years of 200 or more hits. Bet you didn’t know that.
Third Base – Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
I don’t care how great of a season Mike Lamb is having in Minnesota, A-Rod is the best player in baseball. Also the world’s leading vote-getter last year with 3,890,515 votes. That’s about the population of the City of Los Angeles.
Catcher – Victor Martinez, Cleveland Indians
I saw him hit a home run in spring training. He’s good.
Outfield – Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Rays
Follow the call of The Professor over at Rays Index and vote for Carl. I figure it takes about 2.5 million votes to become a starter in the all-star game. If everyone in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater each voted for Carl four times, he would be a shoo-in.
Outfield – B.J. Upton, Tampa Bay Rays
See Justin Upton. And B.J.’s tendency to get thrown out at third absolutely needs to be seen on the national stage.
Outfield – Curtis Granderson, Detroit Tigers
Had a monster season last year. He’s also a blogger. Wasn’t even in the top 15 AL outfield vote-getters last year. Should be an all-star this year.
Designated Hitter – Frank Thomas, Oakland A’s
Because a future Hall of Famer who was released earlier this year should absolutely be an all-star.