There is a big rush put on by the official site of each MLB team to try and get more votes for everyone on their team to start the MLB All-Star Team. Though it is clearly a marketing situation, it does get you thinking. The San Francisco Giants for example are pushing that Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval get the starting nod for the National League team. Let’s look at each guy and see whether or not they should really get the votes to start, marketing aside.
Posey is getting a lot of attention for two reasons. The main reason is that he is the reigning National League MVP. The second reason is that even though his season is clearly down some from last season, he is having a great year just the same. The main opposition for the NL starting catcher spot is obviously Yadier Molina from the St. Louis Cardinals.
Molina is ahead in the voting and way ahead in batting average. Posey has an edge in overall run production however. Still for the catcher position defense and the calling of the game should count for something and Molina is great at that as well. Posey or Molina would be great starters for the squad though. My vote would probably go to Posey one time and Molina the next. Call it a tie.
Sandoval is not in a tie, nor should he be. David Wright of the New York Mets clearly has the best run production numbers of NL catchers across the board. Sandoval is the runner up most of the time but he falls quite a bit behind Wright. Sorry Giants fans, Sandoval will have to settle for not starting in my opinion.