Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kemp and Kershaw selected to Sporting News NL All-Star Team

From the Dodgers and Sporting News -

Sporting News’ AL and NL All-Star Teams Announced

October 27 – Voted on by 55 members of major league front offices, twenty-six AL executives and 29 NL executives, Sporting News has released its 2011 AL and NL All-Star teams, presented by Gillette Odor Shield.

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander, chosen as the team's starting pitcher, was the only unanimous selection in the AL. He was joined by teammate Alex Avila at catcher. The New York Yankees had three starters on the team: center fielder Curtis Granderson, second baseman Robinson Cano and reliever Mariano Rivera.

Granderson received 25 votes, as did fellow outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox and Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays. Rounding out the AL lineup are Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

In the NL, Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp was the only unanimous selection. Teammate Clayton Kershaw joined him on the roster as the starting pitcher. Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun received 28 votes, and teammate Prince Fielder was selected as the NL's starting first baseman. A pair of Atlanta Braves also made the lineup: catcher Brian McCann and rookie reliever Craig Kimbrel.

Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton joined Kemp and Braun in the outfield, while Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez and Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki rounded out the infield.

Full All-Star Teams


C Alex Avila, Tigers
1B Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox
2B Robinson Cano, Yankees
3B Adrian Beltre, Rangers
SS Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians
OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
OF Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
OF Curtis Granderson, Yankees
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox
SP Justin Verlander, Tigers
RP Mariano Rivera, Yankees


C Brian McCann, Braves
1B Prince Fielder, Brewers
2B Brandon Phillips, Reds
3B Aramis Ramirez, Cubs
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
OF Matt Kemp, Dodgers
OF Ryan Braun, Brewers
OF Justin Upton, Diamondbacks
SP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RP Craig Kimbrel, Braves

About Sporting News' awards:  Voting for Sporting News' 2011 baseball awards was done by major league players, managers and front office executives. Ballots were distributed to all 30 teams, and 289 players, 55 executives and 23 managers participated in the voting. Players voted for player of the year, comeback players of the year and rookies of the year; managers voted for managers of the year; and executives voted for the All-Star teams.

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