The Sporting News announced its National League All Stars as determined by 31 major league general managers and assistant GMs. St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (also named Player of the Year), Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun were on the ballots of all 14 NL team executives who voted.
C Yadier Molina has shown that catching is much more than just offensive numbers, he is regarded as the best defensive catcher in the game. Besides his work behind the plate, Yadier seems to have found his stroke, batting .293 for the Redbirds.
1B Albert Pujols is simply the best, as reaffirmed by him being named Player of the Year. This year, once again, he posted Albert Pujols type numbers, leading the league with 47 homers & 122 runs, while batting .327 with a .443 OBP (best), while hitting 45 doubles, and driving in 135, leading St. Louis into the postseason.
2B Chase Utley is the quiet Phillie who just goes about his job in the field & at the plate. Chase hit 31 home runs, and was seven (93) RBIs shy of driving in at least 100 runs for the 5th straight season, he scored 112 times (over 100 four straight campaigns), and stole 23 bases without getting caught, while batting .282.
3B Mark Reynolds is synonymous with strikeouts, but there’s alot more to his game than just whiffs. Sure Mark broke his strikeout record he set last year (204) with this year’s mark of 223, but he also hit 44 homers, drove in 102, while stealing 24 bases for Arizona.
SS Hanley Ramirez had the highest batting average in the league, hitting .342, with 24 longballs, to go along with 42 doubles, driving in 106, 101 runs scored, and stealing 27 bases for the Fish.
OF Ryan Braun surprisingly this slugger had more hits than anybody in the NL, with 203, he also had 114 RBIs & 113 runs scored, amassing 32 homers, 39 doubles, & 6 triples, he also stole 20 bags.
OF Matt Kemp is a pure athlete and a true five tool player. The Dodgers centerfielder batted .297 with 34 steals, 26 home runs, knocking in 101.
OF Jayson Werth This gentle giant seems to have found a home in RF for Philadelphia, and he certainly can turn a baseball & a ballgame around in a hurry. 36 longballs, 99 RBIs, & 98 runs scored, all while playing excellent defense in the field.
SP Tim Lincecum The Freak was it at again, repeating as NL Pitcher of the Year, where does that little guy get all that power? He was 15-7 with an ERA of just 2.48, striking out a league best 261 batters in 225′ innings, allowing only 168 hits.
RP Ryan Franklin The 36 year old journeyman relief pitcher came out of nowhere to takeover as the closer for the St. Louis Cardinals, saving 38 games, with a 1.92 ERA. His 17 saves the year before was his career high.