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What if the All-Star Game were tonight? Who should be starting and backing up?

Updated: June 1, 2004, 4:05 PM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
They started giving out All-Star ballots a month ago. By now, you've probably already voted 50 times, so it's too late for me to help you with those votes. It's the next 100 votes I'm more concerned with. Well, not really. By the time the game occurs, the people in question will have gone up and down considerably. But what if the All-Star Game were tonight? Who should be starting and backing up?

These are my picks, based on productivity to this point.

American League
Catcher: Jorge Posada, Yankees
A number of catchers in the American League are hitting homers at a pretty good clip, but Posada has 15 doubles go along with his eight round-trippers. He is also walking up a storm, just like he always does. Backup: Victor Martinez (Indians) and Pudge Rodriguez (Tigers) have high RBI totals, but Jason Varitek has been more efficient with his at bats, getting on base more.

Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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