Fansided’s NL West blogs, Rox Pile, Chicken Friars, Frisco Fastball, Venom Strikes, and Lasorda’s Liar, have voted on an All-NL West Squad for 2011. For the most part, I got my way, but there were a few exceptions. The pitchers will be named later in the month. Here is the team:
Catcher — Buster Posey
I’d give just about anything to have Buster Posey on the Rockies. He was terrific last year for the Giants, playing an integral role in their championship run.
First Base — Aubrey Huff
I only voted for Huff, because they wouldn’t let me vote for Adrian Gonzalez. The NL West has a weak crop of first basemen. Hopefully, Helton will have a bounce back year and re-claim his throne as the West’s best.
Second Base — Kelly Johnson
Johnson received my vote for second. Did you expect me to vote for Jose Lopez? Johnson was one of MLB’s breakout players in 2010. He deserves the spot.
Shortstop — Troy Tulowitzki
There was never a doubt about this selection. Troy is the top shortstop in baseball. Period.
Third Base — Pablo Sandoval
I went to war for Ian Stewart, but the Kung-Fu Panda was the top vote getter. Sandoval is an over-weight player that was benched for most of last year’s playoff run; I’m not sure how he was the top voter getter. Apparently, Sandoval’s 2009 season still carries a lot of weight. Pun intended.
Outfielder — Andre Ethier
Ethier has been the best right-fielder in the West for a couple of seasons. This year he will receive a push from the Padres’ Ryan Ludwick and hopefully, Seth Smith.
Outfielder — Chris Young
Matt Kemp received my vote, but I’m okay with Young. Both guys are solid players. However, I’m hoping that Dexter Fowler can become the West’s pre-eminent centerfielder this season.
Outfielder — Carlos Gonzalez
CarGo is the best outfielder in the West. He set the bar high in 2010, but everyone believes he will produce again this year. Like Tulo, he was a no brainer for the All NL-West team.
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