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Everyone's an All-Star

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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
Not bad, eh?  I would imagine that some teams have way more guys with all-star experience, but that's pretty respectable for a mid-market team full of guys who haven't appeared on the ballot very many times.

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
It remains to be seen whether Gallardo or Braun becomes a perennial all-star, but I'd be shocked if, five years down the road, either of them hasn't yet appeared in a game.  I'm less optimistic about Corey, but if nothing else, he'll put together a big first half some year and get on the team.

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.
Seven all-stars, three near-locks, and four solid maybes.  I knew I liked these guys!