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MLB 49 43 Perry's All-Star Game NL starters 29895901 Right field: Lance Berkman Right+field%3A+Lance+Berkman MLB

Berkman, who's assembling a strong Hall-of-Fame dossier, has missed some time due to injury, but when he's been healthy he's been productive. Indeed, this is more than just an "emeritus" position: Berkman presently leads the NL in OPS and park-adjusted OPS. So on a rate basis, he's been the NL's top hitter. Minor maladies aside, he's still played enough to rank third in the NL in home runs and walks and sixth in RBI.


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MLB 49 43 Perry's All-Star Game NL starters 29895899 Center field: Matt Kemp Center+field%3A+Matt+Kemp MLB

An accomplished fly-catcher Kemp is not, but this season he's been the NL's best hitter. Kemp is hitting .335 AVG/.420 OBP/.638 SLG and is on target for 83 extra-base hits, 83 walks (tidily enough) and 37 steals against just seven caught. Case closed.

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MLB 49 43 Perry's All-Star Game NL starters 29895900 Left field: Ryan Braun Left+field%3A+Ryan+Braun MLB

Braun is your third and final Brewer. He's putting up the power numbers that have typified his young career, and this season he's showing more patience at the plate than he has in the past. Braun's defense in left still leaves much to be desired, but he's putting together perhaps his finest season with the bat.


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MLB 49 43 Perry's All-Star Game NL starters 29899707 Shortstop: Jose Reyes Shortstop%3A+Jose+Reyes MLB

No question about it. Reyes has been one of the most productive players in all of baseball thus far, and he's more than worthy of the starting All-Star nod. Currently, the Mets' shortstop is on pace for 46 doubles, 28 triples (which would be the highest total since Chief Wilson's record 36 in 1912) and 53 stolen bases. Troy Tulowitzki is enjoying another admirable season, but Reyes is on another level.


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MLB 49 43 Perry's All-Star Game NL starters 29895896 Third base: Placido Polanco Third+base%3A+Placido+Polanco MLB

In the AL, it's left field, and in the NL it's third base--the position at which a given league is sorely lacking in worthy options. So at third base in the NL, the honor falls to Polanco. He's a skilled fielder, he's batting .303 (albeit with a glaring lack of secondary hitting skills), and he's been durable this season. That's enough to earn him the job over Chase Headley, Ryan Roberts and a cast of underwhelming others.


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MLB 49 43 Perry's All-Star Game NL starters 29895897 Second base: Rickie Weeks Second+base%3A+Rickie+Weeks MLB

In the National League, no second baseman can compare to Weeks in terms of power. In fact, among NL second sackers he leads or is tied for the lead in homers, doubles and slugging percentage. Weeks also grades out as a plus defender so far in 2011.


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MLB 49 43 Perry's All-Star Game NL starters 29895894 First base: Prince Fielder First+base%3A+Prince+Fielder MLB

Under normal circumstances, this position should belong to Albert Pujols by acclamation. However, "El Hombre" has struggled this season by his own lofty standards, while Fielder has thrived. To put a finer point on it, Fielder has been the most productive hitter in the NL in 2011, save for a certain Dodgers player to be named later.


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MLB 49 43 Perry's All-Star Game NL starters 29895898 Catcher: Brian McCann Catcher%3A+Brian+McCann MLB

Right now, McCann is the best catcher in baseball. He's underrated defensively, and he's been a top-tier hitter ever since he became a major league regular. In fact, in terms of career park-adjusted OPS, McCann ranks 11th all-time among catchers with at least 3,000 plate appearances. It's time he was recognized as one of the best players in the game today.


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MLB 49 43 Perry's All-Star Game NL starters 29895895 NL players to vote for NL+players+to+vote+for MLB

Don't trust yourself to fill out an All-Star ballot with any semblance of objectivity? Too much of a homer to take part in this little sliver of democracy? Or are you simply too busy with other, lesser things to devote yourself to the due diligence such a weighty responsibility requires? Whatever your reasons, we're here to help.

Yes, what follows is a run-down of who should be on your All-Star ballots in advance of the big hootenanny in Phoenix. It's early yet, so things could change, but, were this a just and meaningful universe, the names that follow would be starting position players for the NL in the All-Star Game.

— Dayn Perry


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