IF EVERY TEAM’S BEST PLAYER WERE AN ALL-STAR

All-Star voting ended last night and while the purpose of this is to get the top players at each position into the game, then to fill in the rest while making sure every team has at least one participant. For the sake of silliness, what would happen if every team’s best player automatically made the squad, then the rest of the spots were filled in based on team necessity and talent? It might look a little something like this:

Team Based NL All-Stars

C – Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
1B – Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
2B – Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds
3B – Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
SS – Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers
LF – Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
CF – Marcell Ozuna – Miami Marlins
RF – Josh Harrison – Pittsburgh Pirates
Bench – Michael Conforto – New York Mets
Bench – Ender Inciarte – Atlanta Braves
Bench – Aaron Altherr – Philadelphia Phillies

SP – Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals
RP – Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals
RP – Jimmy Nelson – Milwaukee Brewers
RP – Clayton Richard – San Diego Padres

While I was unwilling to switch any position players to pitcher, in order to get every team’s stars in the line-up, some position changes were necessary. Since Goldschmidt is the top 1B in the NL, Votto was forced to move to second and later down the line, this pushed Harrison to right field. The other corner outfielder is also an infielder although Bryant has played some time in the outfield in his career. With Seager at short and Arenado at third, this team should not only be solid offensively, but defensively. The bench is made entirely of outfielders, so the NL will be set when they want to bench Harrison and Bryant.

On the mound, the NL will start out great, but there’s no world that Richard should be an All-Star with his 4.42 ERA, low K rate and high home run rate, but San Diego must have an All-Star, so here we are.

Filling Out the NL Roster

Bench
Anthony Rendon – Nationals
Bryce Harper – Nationals
Zack Cozart – Reds
Daniel Murphy – Nationals
Cody Bellinger – Dodgers
Yasmani Grandal – Dodgers

Bullpen
Stephen Strasburg – Nationals
Zack Greinke – Diamondbacks
Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers
Kenley Jansen – Dodgers

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