Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
Every year, there are a handful of players that probably should have made the game, but end up watching from home due to a number of circumstances, whether that be a numbers crunch at a certain position or the fans wanting to see a certain maybe not-so-deserving player. The Tigers had a few those this season; Gary Sheffield, Curtis Granderson and Jeremy Bonderman all likely deserved to be in the game. Bonderman has only lost one game, while Granderson has been an extra base hit machine with outstanding defense in center. However, when looking at his OPS and power production, it's impossible to say Gary Sheffield didn't deserve to be in the game. He's third in the AL in home runs, fifth in OPS and tenth in RBI. Oh, and he's done all of this after struggling through the month of April, adjusting to being a full-time designated hitter. The outfield selections are always tough, but bottom line, Sheff should have been in San Fran.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
The easy answer here is probably Gary Sheffield, but I really think Curtis Granderson deserved the nod on the AL roster. He's been nothing short of spectacular this season, both at the plate and in the field. His Gold Glove caliber defense has been terrific, and makes up for some mild range inadequacies on the corners. He's covered the incredible dimension of center field at Comerica Park with great ease. Offensively, what more do you want from a guy that enters the All-Star break with a .283/.335/.549 line, and has been among the league leaders in extra-base hits all season. He's blowing away the field with 15 triples, and could threaten some team and league records in the category. On top of all that great stuff on the field, he's even more incredible off. Granderson is genuinely one of the great ambassadors of the game, and an All-Star berth would have been appropriate recognition for a budding star.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
This is a really tough call, but I'm going to say Curtis Granderson. The growth that he has made from last year to now in his all-around game is very impressive. He has 50 extra-base hits, which leads the team, and his defense in one of the biggest centerfields in the game has been outstanding. He still strikes out quite a bit and doesn't hit left-handed pitchers well, but his overall numbers are very tough to ignore. I know Gary Sheffield has posted great numbers over the last two months, and Jeremy Bonderman continues to mow down opposing teams, but I think Granderson deserved to be there.
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