Phillips a TSN All-Star

The Sporting News revealed its 2011 All-Star team, as voted on by 55 executives from MLB front offices. Only one Reds player is on the list in 2B Brandon Phillips. The last Reds player to represent was last year with 1B Joey Votto.

Phillips batted .300 with 18 home runs and 82 RBIs this season and led NL second basemen in hitting, slugging, on-base percentage, runs, hits, doubles and was second in RBIs.

Here is the full list:


C Alex Avila, Tigers
1B Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox
2B Robinson Cano, Yankees
3B Adrian Beltre, Rangers
SS Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians
OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
OF Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
OF Curtis Granderson, Yankees
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox
SP Justin Verlander, Tigers
RP Mariano Rivera, Yankees


C Brian McCann, Braves
1B Prince Fielder, Brewers
2B Brandon Phillips, Reds
3B Aramis Ramirez, Cubs
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
OF Matt Kemp, Dodgers
OF Ryan Braun, Brewers
OF Justin Upton, Diamondbacks
SP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RP Craig Kimbrel, Braves


How bad is the third base position right now in the National League? Aramis Ramirez had a very down year and was considered the best at the position. Cmon Reds, get someone in there. Wood, Bailey, Heisey, and Hanigan for Zimmerman. Heck, give them Grandal too.

Some of that might reflect, as you assert, the NL’s serious dearth of quality third basemen, but some of it probably also results from the hot second half of the year that Ramirez enjoyed, largely overlooked because the Cubs were nowhere in sight. But I wouldn’t give up all that, or even a smaller portion of that, for Zimmerman. I hope Rolen can play a substantial amount next year, occasionally flashing the offensive contribution from 2010. And Francisco looks ready to play some now, even in the field!

Good for the Reds and for Phillips value increased if Reds choose to make a deal

I don’t know what to give up for him, but I would ** love ** to see Zimmerman pklaying third for the Reds!

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