Simply Baseball Notebook: Perspectives

2004 sBn All Stars

'PERSPECTIVE': November 2004

The 2004 sBn ALL STAR Team

Starting Lineup:

C: Victor Martinez, Cleveland Indians (.283, 10 HR, 108 RBI): The 25-year-old is the best young receiver in the AL and will be an All Star for years to come.

1B: Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins (.271, 19 HR, 58 RBI in 74 games): Finally!! The power presence the Twins have been waiting for.  

2B: Mark Bellhorn, Boston Red Sox (.373 OBP, 17 RBI, 82 RBI): All or nothing -- led the AL in punch outs with 177, but walked 88 times -- we love that. 

3B: Casey Blake, Cleveland Indians (.271, 28 HR, 88 RBI): A journeyman that always posted solid Triple A numbers, has finally found a home in Cleveland thanks to back-to-back solid seasons.

SS: Khalil Greene, San Diego Padres (.273, 15 HR): We love the long hair, cool name, and the flair in the field -- will be in a mainstay in Petco for a decade. 

LF: Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Devil Rays (.296, 19 3B, 59 SB): The flashy OF led the AL in triples and stolen bases.

CF: Torii Hunter, Minnesota Twins (23 HR, 21 SB): The heart and soul of the 3 time AL Central champs and the best defensive OF in baseball -- bar none.

RF: Adam Dunn, Cincinnati Reds (46 HR, 102 RBI, 195 K's): The Paul Bunyan of baseball -- set the single season record for strike outs and took it like a man.

DH: Bucky Jacobson, Seattle Mariners (9 HR, 28 RBI, 160 AB): After posting 26 HR and 86 RBI in 81 games at Triple A Tacoma, the 29-year-old finally got his chance in the show and made the most of it.


The Bench:
Henry Blanco, C, Minnesota Twins (threw out 49.2% of base stealers, 10 HR): Stepped in admirably for Joe Mauer, deserves a lot of credit for fellow Venezuelan, Johan Santana’s Cy Young season.

Rickey Henderson, OF, Newark Bears (45 years old, 37-39 SB, .462 OBP): As Long as Rickey is playing, Rickey will be on this team. 

Julio Franco, 1B, Atlanta Braves (.309, 46 years old): The ageless one became the oldest man to hit a grand slam in 2004. 

Fred McGriff, 1B, (493 HR): Sadly, it doesn't look like the "Crime Dog" will reach 500 HR, but we wish him the best. 

Lew Ford, OF, Minnesota Twins (.299, 72 RBI, .381 OBP): Lewwwwwww came out of nowhere to be the Twins most consistent hitter in 2004.


The Rotation:
Johan Santana, Minnesota Twins (20-6, 2.61 ERA, 265 K's): The best pitcher of 2004.
Jake Peavy, San Diego (15-6, 2.27 ERA): The 23-year-old should win a Cy Young someday. 

Ben Sheets, Milwaukee Brewers (2.70 ERA, 264 K's): The best pitcher you've never heard of. 

Zack Greinke, Kansas City Royals (3.97 ERA, 100 K's, 26 BB): The 20-year-old gave Royals fans something to cheer about in 2004. 

Jose Lima, Los Angeles Dodgers (13-5, 4.07 ERA
):  The firery hurler was a driving force behind the NL West champs.


The 'Pen
Terry Mulholland, Minnesota Twins (41 years old, 123 1/3 IP):  The Twins wouldn't have reached the post season without this versatile veteran

Jim Brower, San Francisco Giants (89 games, 3.29 ERA): The rubber-armed middle man led the majors in appearances. 

Solomon Torres, Pittsburgh Pirates (84 games, 2.64 ERA): The steady set-up man was a bright spot in the Steel City. 

Luis Ayala, Montreal Expos (81 games, 2.69 ERA): In their  final season in Montreal, we needed at least one Expo.  The rock-solid Ayala fit the bill.

Ray King, St. Louis Cardinals (5-2, 2.61 ERA, 86 games): The portly left-hander helped the Cards earn baseball's best record.
Joe Nathan, Minnesota Twins (44 saves, 1.62 ERA): In his first season as a closer, Nathan proved to be one of the game's best.


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