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There are zealots in the All-Star Game voting world. There are people who look only at two months of stats. They'll argue for a player like Matt Lawton in 2004, who had a good first-half, made the All-Star team, and hit .240 for the rest of his career. The other side will argue that an established star is an established star is an established star. An example of that philosophy would be Bruce Jenkins's argument for Omar Vizquel.

In the middle would be someone like Jorge Posada, who's hitting .374/.436/.604. Is he that good? No way. Has he been a good player for a long time? Yep, so the fast start gets him the vote.

I don't think any of the methods make perfect sense, but I have to align myself with the moderates on this one. April and May stats shouldn't rule everything, but you have to throw a bone to the established players who are off to great starts. There are exceptions to the rule, too. If Fred Lewis, just to pick a random player, hit .400 in April, and .390 in May, I want that guy on the All-Star team, flukes be damned. There has to be recognition for the flukiest of the flukes.

And when it comes to the mega-stars - Barry Bonds or Rickey Henderson, say - they need to be considered for as long as they're above-average.

Manifestos aside, my ballot:

AL

C - Posada
1B - Morneau
2B - Upton
3B - A-Rod
SS - Jeter
LF - Magglio
CF - T. Hunter
RF - Vlad

NL

C - McCann
1B - D.Lee
2B - Utley
3B - Chipper
SS - H. Ramirez
OF - Bonds
OF - Beltran
OF - Griffey

I'm not super-attached to a lot of those picks, but I'm trying to strike a balance between the J.J. Hardys and the Omar Vizquels.

There's another rule when I fill out ballots: No Dodgers. That might be the most important one of them all. Suck it, Russell Martin.