SS Jose Reyes, MetsHe's hot at the plate, but struggling in the field. Still, I think he's one of, if not the most exciting player in baseball. Any single could quickly turn into a double. Doubles could be converted into triples. A ball that gets away could be an inside-the-park home run. I don't think he should be starting the game, as his errors make a great case against him.
Tough one. The debate comes down to Hanley Ramirez of the Marlins vs. Reyes (had Rafael Furcal not been injured for so long, he'd have a case). Both are notable young stars, and both have their strengths. Ramirez is better with the bat, but Reyes is better with the glove. Actually, he's much better with the glove, which, ultimately, is why we're going with him. Of course, Reyes is also hitting .291 AVG/.351 BP/.480 SLG, which constitutes excellent production for a shortstop playing half his games in Shea. So give a third All-Star appearance to one of the most exciting players in the game.
Agreed. I love Rowand because he's willing to give himself up for a ball, as is Beltran. Carlos glides across the field, making plays you would never expect, and usually makes it look easy. He's not a guy to hit for average, as we all know, but he's more than sufficent at the plate. I would never trade him in a million years. All-Star Game, sounds good to me.
CF Carlos Beltran, Mets
Beltran or Aaron Rowand — it's a difficult decision. We're going with Beltran because of his superior defense (yes, he's a better glove man than Rowand), better base running, and his status as the bigger star of the two. This would mean five straight trips to the All-Star Game for Beltran.