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I want to promote Aaron Rowand for the final All-Star spot. I really do. A centerfielder who hits .299/.364/.460 while playing good defense is a valuable player. An All-Star, even. MLB.com even provides little widgets for sites like this to promote Rowand. Lookie here:

 

 

Fancy. Except Rowand just had a terrible June (.225/.275/.343). And his defense doesn’t bring me lemonade on a hot day. It’s fine defense, don’t get me wrong. The in-season numbers have him as the finest in the land. So it’s possible that the balls dropping just in front of Rowand would have dropped well in front of other players. Maybe I’m relying on my eyes too much. But it ain’t enough to swing my vote just yet.

He’s hitting better in July, and he’s still a Giant. And he will be for a long, long time. So it’d be nice to see a third Giant at the All-Star Game. So, the more the merrier. Even if Rowand weren’t having a good year, sometimes you just have to vote for the laundry.

But Pat Burrell and Carlos Lee are having monster years. Man, what I wouldn't give to have an actual cleanup hitter....

But they’re doing it in hitter’s parks, and their supplementing the offense with poor defense. Corey Hart hasn’t been doing much better than Rowand, especially when defense and position are part of the equation. David Wright isn’t…

You see, the thing about David Wright is…

Uh huh. Apparently, David Wright is a much better choice for the final spot. He has a .383 on-base percentage, 17 homers, and he plays good defense at a key position. Which leads us to the…

Comment starter: Do you vote for Rowand anyway? Loyalty over logic? I could see either way, to be honest….