Friday, June 29, 2012

Three Reds named to Keith Law's 'real' All-Star roster

The ability for the fan's to pick the starters for the Midsummer Classic can often turn into a popularity contest. Well, in an effort to compile a more educated and fair team, Keith Law of ESPN Insider put together a roster full of "real" All-Stars on Thursday afternoon. It encompassed who he believed were the 25 most-deserving players in Major League Baseball with no regard to popularity or seniority.

Not shockingly, Joey Votto was on there, but so were two of his teammates including closer Aroldis Chapman and setup man Sean Marshall. It gave the Reds a total of THREE representatives on the squad, which tied them with the Atlanta Braves for the most players from one club. That means Reds players make up 12% of Law's roster while Cincinnati in and of itself composes just 3% of the entire league (30 MLB clubs...1/30 equals roughly 3%).

Votto and Chapman figure to be near locks to make the NL squad when MLB announces the official rosters of both leagues on Sunday. Marshall has a fighter's chance at making the team and Brandon Phillips figures to receive his third straight nod as well.

You can view Law's full 25-man roster by following this link.

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