It is All Star game time and fans voted for the favorite players in the game. Just like every other fan, I have my favorites too. I will give you mine here but with a twist. I will exclude all players and former players from my favorite team - Detroit Tigers. Here goes.
Catcher - Salvador Perez , Kansas City Royals. I like him because he is a gamer. He plays just about every game each and every year. He is one of the best defensive players and is good offensively too. I respect guys who show up for work everyday and give it their all.
First Base - Wil Myers, San Diego Padres. I like him because he is not your prototypical first sacker. He doesn't hit 30-40 homers and strikeout a ton each year. No dead pull hitter that the extreme shifts are deployed against. Plus he is old school and doesn't wear batting gloves
2nd Base - Jose Altuve, Houston Astros. How is someone so small be so good at the game. Is fun to watch and an inspiration for the short people,
3rd Base - Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies. He can hit at home at Coors Field and away from too. Plus defensively, he is the best. A Gold Glover winner each year in the majors. He plays jaw dropping plays routine.
Shortstop - Andrelton Simmons , Los Angeles Dodgers. There is so many young good shortstops in the league right now. Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Francisco Lindor, Addison Russell to name a few. It hard pick one of them, so I am going away from the group to one of the best gloves in the field. I enjoy good glovemen. Pure artistry on the field.
Outfielders - Ichiro Suzuki, Miami Marlins. A legend in two professional leagues yet he still stays humble. At one time, he could do it all on the field.
Andrew McCutchen . Pittsburgh Pirates, A former MVP and one of the good guys in the game.
Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles, I have always liked how he carried himself on the field. He speaks his mind with class too. I also highly considered Mike Trout because he is the best and most talented player in the game.
Starting Pitcher- Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants. He is an old school ace. Give him the ball and he wants to go a full nine innings and wants to pitch in the big games also. Plus he can hit too.
Also high on my list is Jon Lester and Johnny Cueto.
Relief Pitchers - Pat Neshek, Philadelphia Phillies. I have overall disliking for relief pitchers that I don't really want to get into here. So, I will go with a fellow avid baseball card collector Neshek is working on a complete 1970 Topps set- autographed.
There you have my favorite team excluding Tigers. Remember, these guys are my favorites not necessarily who I think are the best. Picking the best at each position is just plain lazy in my opinion.