Major League Baseball is one of those leagues that chooses to have their All-Star Game in the middle of the season (similar to the NBA and NHL) instead of having it at the end of the season like the NFL. I have absolutely no beef with that however what I do have a problem with is the fact that unlike the NBA and NHL and they refuse to honor the best players at each position at the end of the season for having an outstanding season. Yeah they have the silver slugger and gold glove awards for each position but why not just combine the two and make an All-MLB team for each league. Well I’ve picked up their slack for them and here is my 2012 All-National League Team. You can check out the 2012 All-American League Team here.
1B – Adam LaRoche Washington Nationals
LaRoche had arguably the best season of his nine-year career this season for the Nationals and without him they may not have won the NL East. LaRoche hit .271 with 33 homeruns and 100 runs batted-in plus racked up 155 hits, scored 76 runs, 35 doubles and an OPS of .853.
2B – Aaron Hill Arizona Diamondbacks
Hill had an amazing season for a second basemen hitting .302 with 26 homeruns and 85 runs batted-in. Hill also scored 93 runs, recorded 184 hits, 44 doubles, six triples, stolen 14 bases and had a .882 OPS.
3B – Chase Headley San Diego Padres
Prior to the 2012 season not many casual fans knew who Chase Headley was but at the conclusion of his season I’m sure many have heard of him now. Headley hit .286 with 31 homeruns, 115 runs batted-in, 173 hits, 95 runs scored, 31 doubles, 17 stolen bases and a .875 OPS.
SS – Ian Desmond Washington Nationals
Desmond had an unbelievable second season in the Majors for the Nationals that no one really expected. He hit .292 with 25 homeruns, 73 runs batted-in, 150 hits, 72 runs scored, 33 doubles, 21 stolen bases and an OPS of .845.
OF – Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers
Bruan followed up his 2011 MVP campaign with another MVP caliber season in 2012 hitting .319 with 41 homeruns and 112 runs batted-in. Bruan also racked up 191 hits, scored 108 runs, 36 doubles, stole 30 bases and had a .987 OPS.
OF – Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen might just be baseball’s best kept secret, he does everything on the field well and is the epitome of a five-tool player. In 2012 McCutchen hit .327 with 31 homeruns and 96 runs batted-in plus he also recorded 194 hits, 107 runs scored, 29 doubles, six triples, 20 stolen bases and a .953 OPS.
OF – Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins
Despite being limited to just 123 games due to injury, 22-year old Giancarlo Stanton had a tremendous 2012 and showed that he will be a force in the MLB for the next decade. Stanton hit .290 with 37 homeruns and 86 runs batted-in plus he recorded 130 hits, 75 runs scored, 30 doubles and a .969 OPS.
C – Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
Buster Posey had an extremely exceptional bounce-back season in 2012 following his horrific leg injury as a result of a collision with Scott Cousins in May of 2011. Posey’s 2012 season included winning the NL batting title with a .336 average and he also added 24 homeruns, 103 runs batted-in, 178 hits, 78 runs scored, 39 doubles and a .957 OPS.
SP – Gio Gonzalez Washington Nationals
Gonzalez had a wonderful year despite changing leagues prior to the season, but it certainly didn’t affect him. He posted a 21-8 record (most wins in MLB) with 2.89 ERA and 207 strikeouts along with allowing just 64 earned runs and nine homeruns in 199.1 innings of work.
CP – Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves
Kimbrel had as outstanding of season as a relief pitcher could have saving 42 games for the Braves while posting a 1.01 ERA and striking out 116 hitters in just 62.2 innings of work. Kimbrel only allowed 27 hits, 14 base on-balls, seven earned runs and three homeruns while posting a 0.65 WHIP.
Manager – Davey Johnson Washington Nationals
Davey Johnson has completely changed the culture in the Nationals clubhouse and this once terrible franchise is looked at as a group of winners. The Nats improved in the win column by 18 games from last season (98-64 in 2012 and 80-81 in 2011) and they also had the best record in the Bigs.