The Crew's awesome showing in this year's all-star game--four players--got me thinking. We've got a solid team with a lot of young players, and while before this year, there weren't many previous all-star selections on the club, there are all sorts of guys who I can envision being selected at some point in the next few years.
For starters, here are all the current Brewers who have been all-stars at some point in their careers (including this year):
- Johnny Estrada
- Prince Fielder
- JJ Hardy
- Geoff Jenkins
- Damian Miller (really!)
- Ben Sheets
- Chris Capuano
- Francisco Cordero
- Derrick Turnbow
What's cool, though, is the list of players currently on the team who are probably all-star bound at some point. Let's start with the obvious:
- Yovani Gallardo
- Ryan Braun
- Corey Hart
You can make a case for about half the remaining Brewers, too. Roughly in order of likelihood:
- Rickie Weeks: he'll put it together eventually. Not only that, second base is traditionally a weak position.
- Jeff Suppan: really. I don't think his second half exploits are due to some inherent magic that happens to him at the all-star break; sometime between 2008 and 2010, he'll have a first-half that looks like his second-halves of old and get on the team.
- Bill Hall: last year should've been his shot, but once he establishes himself as a solid defensive center fielder, he'll have another big season.
- Carlos Villanueva: you can make an argument he should've been selected this year. It's a pipe dream for a swingman to make the team, but he won't be a swingman forever. In whatever role he eventually adopts full-time, I think he'll make enough noise to get selected.