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Mike O'Hara's All-Star Picks: First Base

ALL-STAR VOTING – First Base.

Voting for the All-Star Game is well underway, and we are now starting to get an idea of the players who deserve to be representing the American and National League in Phoenix on July 12.

Today, I figure we can open the All-Star debate with first basemen. In the AL, I think it's an open-and-shut case at the position right now. As much as I would love to say that no member of the Boston Red Sox should ever make an All-Star roster, being a Yankees fan, that is utter nonsense. The starter in the AL this year has to be first-year Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Let's face it, folks! The man can flat-out play and has more than warmed up to his new home up in New England. "A-Gon" is hitting a ton right now, currently boasting a line of .329/.375/.544 with 10 homers and a league-best 46 RBIs. Plus, he has also played stellar defense, doing it on both sides of the ball for his new team. I think he is a lock for the start and in the first-half MVP discussion—but that's just me.

Over in the Senior Circuit, the choice isn't as clear-cut as it has been in past years. For the last decade essentially, the spot was home to St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols. Before he arrived at Spring Training, it was almost inevitable that he would deserve the start. This year, however, Big Al is not a sure thing, which is quite surprising. I think he'll make the team on his popularity alone, but Cincinnati Reds star and last year’s MVP, Joey Votto, has to get the start. This guy is outstanding and as we head towards the break I don't see him slowing down. Votto was snubbed off the team at first in 2010, but I do not anticipate that happening again.

So, those are my picks for first base in each league. I'm not going out on a limb here, I know. But, to be honest, these two first basemen are just a cut above the rest of the field, in my opinion.

Who are your picks for NL and AL first basemen? Let me know by tweeting me @mikeyoh21. The #thickish, Ryan, will be covering second base today.

Current Leaders, First Base

National League

Albert Pujols, Cardinals: 988,784

Joey Votto, Reds: 806,346

Prince Fielder, Brewers: 540,269

Ryan Howard, Phillies: 521,220

Freddie Freeman, Braves: 200,886

(updated 5/31/11)

American League

Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 827,247

Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox: 685,262

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 657,594

Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 278,055

Adam Lind, Blue Jays: 256,782

(updated 6/1/11)

ALL-STAR VOTING – First Base.

Voting for the All-Star Game is well underway, and we are now starting to get an idea of the players who deserve to be representing the American and National League in Phoenix on July 12.

Today, I figure we can open the All-Star debate with first basemen. In the AL, I think it's an open-and-shut case at the position right now. As much as I would love to say that no member of the Boston Red Sox should ever make an All-Star roster, being a Yankees fan, that is utter nonsense. The starter in the AL this year has to be first-year Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Let's face it, folks! The man can flat-out play and has more than warmed up to his new home up in New England. "A-Gon" is hitting a ton right now, currently boasting a line of .329/.375/.544 with 10 homers and a league-best 46 RBIs. Plus, he has also played stellar defense, doing it on both sides of the ball for his new team. I think he is a lock for the start and in the first-half MVP discussion—but that's just me.

Over in the Senior Circuit, the choice isn't as clear-cut as it has been in past years. For the last decade essentially, the spot was home to St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols. Before he arrived at Spring Training, it was almost inevitable that he would deserve the start. This year, however, Big Al is not a sure thing, which is quite surprising. I think he'll make the team on his popularity alone, but Cincinnati Reds star and last year’s MVP, Joey Votto, has to get the start. This guy is outstanding and as we head towards the break I don't see him slowing down. Votto was snubbed off the team at first in 2010, but I do not anticipate that happening again.

So, those are my picks for first base in each league. I'm not going out on a limb here, I know. But, to be honest, these two first basemen are just a cut above the rest of the field, in my opinion.

Who are your picks for NL and AL first basemen? Let me know by tweeting me @mikeyoh21. The #thickish, Ryan, will be covering second base today.

Current Leaders, First Base

National League

Albert Pujols, Cardinals: 988,784

Joey Votto, Reds: 806,346

Prince Fielder, Brewers: 540,269

Ryan Howard, Phillies: 521,220

Freddie Freeman, Braves: 200,886

(updated 5/31/11)

American League

Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 827,247

Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox: 685,262

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 657,594

Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 278,055

Adam Lind, Blue Jays: 256,782

(updated 6/1/11)