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Who deserves MLB All-Star Game starting nods
The final day to vote on starters for the MLB All-Star Game is Thursday, but there's still time to cast ballots for this season's standouts. Here's a look at the players amNY feels deserve to start, based solely on their 2014 output. That means no Yankees -- apologies to sentimental pick Derek Jeter -- or Mets.
(All stats through Tuesday's games)
CSalvador Perez (KC)
The defensive stud is hitting .284 with 10 homers and just 34 strikeouts.
1B Jose Abreu (CHW)
The rookie is tied for the MLB lead with 26 home runs while hitting .280.
2B Jose Altuve (HOU)
Tough call between he and Ian Kinsler, but his AL best .345 average stands out.
He's no fluke. Fans are noticing the AL's home run leader among third baseman.
Shortstop isn't what it used to be in the AL. That said, Ramirez is hitting .294.
OF Mike Trout (LAA)
He's on his way to another MVP-caliber season: .315/.410/.617, 19 HRs, 10 SB.
OF Jose Bautista (TOR)
This All-Star stalwart continues to hit for power (17 HRs) and average (.304).
He's finally realizing his potential, hitting .315 with 12 homers and 54 RBIs.
DH Nelson Cruz (BAL)It's a pick 'em between Cruz and Edwin Encarnacion. Both have 26 home runs.
NATIONAL LEAGUEC Jonathan
A blistering .331 average makes him the pick over powerful Devin Mesoraco.
It's a crowded field, but his 3.6 WAR stands out from the pack.
2B Dee Gordon (LAD)
The speedster leads the majors with 40 stolen bases. He's hitting .296, too.
3B Todd Frazier (CIN)
Former Little League World Series hero leads NL third baseman with 17 homers.
His .353 average leads all of baseball. If that's not enough, he has 18 homers.
No-brainer. At 24, he leads NL with 21 homers while hitting .316.
OF Yasiel Puig (LAD)
He's a bona fide All-Star this season. .312 average, 11 homers, .919 OPS.
Numbers are very similar to Puig, plus he's stolen a dozen bases.