In light of the All Star Game being somewhat meaningless and meaningful at the same time, I'm curious how the PA readers and posters would go about selecting a true all star team for both leagues with no regards to general popularity. I would venture to say that even if preference of statistics used varied from person to person, we would get a team for both leagues that would truly be the best in baseball in July of 2010.
I'll be honest, I have trouble making sense of all the information on Baseball-Reference.com, but I would love to see what everyone comes up with for teams that would truly be the all star teams of 2010.
But, here's my selections, as who I think the best players in the AL and NL are that should be All-Stars (by no means is this comprehensive, just some of my selections if I were choosing based on stats alone):
C - Joe Mauer (who else?)
1B - Miguel Cabrera / Justin Morneau
2B - Robinson Cano
3B - Evan Longoria
SS - Elvis Andrus / Derek Jeter
DH - Vlad Guerrero
OF - Austin Jackson / Nick Markakis / Magglio Ordonez / Ichiro / Nick Swisher / Vernon Wells
Feel free to add or replace anyone. I'll admit these are all based on standard offensive stats for the position players and standard pitching stats. I don't imagine any position players I've named would be said to have terrible defensive skills (some possible unknowns in the NL).