March 19, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) at bat against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE

Vote for the All NL Central Team!

In the past, Blog Red Machine has either participated in or conducted its own means of naming an All NL Central Team. We have done a pre-season team and performed two post-season teams. In each of those occasions, the staff and/or writers from the other NL Central sites on the FanSided Sports Network (including BRM) have pretty much had their say.

Time to change that.. to a great extent. For 2012, we want to know your All NL Central team, not ours. For each defensive position, closer and non-closing reliever, you will be permitted to cast one vote for each with the exception of starting pitchers, where you will be allotted five total votes.

Here’s how…

A poll has been produced for each. The “nominees” were determined by using the depth charts per each team’s website. There was one exception as I will denote such when that poll is revealed here.

If you feel there was a particular player left off the “ballot”, you can produce a “write-in” vote. Scroll down to the comments section and state the player’s name, position and team. Feel free to state your case why that player should be a “write-in” candidate. If that particular player has already been “written in” via the comments, click on the “like” button of that comment to “endorse” that player your “write-in” candidate. While “write-in” candidates vote total will not appear within the polls, these votes will be considered when determining the final tally.

At noon on Tuesday, April 3, the voting will close and the votes will be tabulated. On Thursday, April 5, Reds Opening Day, a special BRM podcast will announce the All NL Central team.

So, here are the polls!

Who is your selection as the All NL Central first baseman?

  • Lance Berkman, STL (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Mat Gamel, MIL (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Garrett Jones, PIT (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Bryan LaHair, CHC (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Carlos Lee, HOU (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Joey Votto, CIN (91%, 52 Votes)

Total Voters: 57

Loading ... Loading ...

Who is your selection as the All NL Central second baseman?

  • Jose Altuve, HOU (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Darwin Barney, CHC (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Brandon Phillips, CIN (74%, 40 Votes)
  • Skip Schumaker, STL (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Neil Walker, PIT (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Rickie Weeks, MIL (9%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 54

Loading ... Loading ...

Who is your selection as the All NL Central shortstop?

  • Clint Barmes, PIT (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Starlin Castro, CHC (65%, 35 Votes)
  • Zack Cozart, CIN (15%, 8 Votes)
  • Rafael Furcal, STL (9%, 5 Votes)
  • Alex Gonzalez, MIL (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Jed Lowrie, HOU (3%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 54

Loading ... Loading ...

Who is your selection as the All NL Central third baseman?

  • Pedro Alvarez, PIT (4%, 2 Votes)
  • David Freese, STL (43%, 23 Votes)
  • Jimmy Paredes, HOU (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Aramis Ramirez, MIL (30%, 16 Votes)
  • Scott Rolen, CIN (23%, 12 Votes)
  • Ian Stewart, CHC (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 53

Loading ... Loading ...

Who is your selection as the All NL Central catcher?

  • Rod Barajas, PIT (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Jason Castro, HOU (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ryan Hanigan, CIN (15%, 8 Votes)
  • Jonathan Lucroy, MIL (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Yadier Molina, STL (71%, 37 Votes)
  • Geovany Soto, CHC (8%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 52

Loading ... Loading ...

Who is your selection as the All NL Central left fielder?

  • Ryan Braun, MIL (69%, 36 Votes)
  • Chris Heisey, CIN (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Matt Holliday, STL (19%, 10 Votes)
  • J.D. Martinez, HOU (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Alex Presley, PIT (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Alfonso Soriano, CHC (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 52

Loading ... Loading ...

Who is your selection as the All NL Central center fielder?

  • Marlon Byrd, CHC (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Jon Jay, STL (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Andrew McCutchen, PIT (79%, 41 Votes)
  • Nyjer Morgan, MIL (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jordan Schafer, HOU (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Drew Stubbs, CIN (15%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 52

Loading ... Loading ...

Who is your selection as the All NL Central right fielder?

  • Carlos Beltran, STL (18%, 9 Votes)
  • Brian Bogusevic, HOU (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jay Bruce, CIN (67%, 34 Votes)
  • David DeJesus, CHC (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Corey Hart, MIL (12%, 6 Votes)
  • Jose Tabata, PIT (3%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 51

Loading ... Loading ...

For the starters, the depth charts were again used, but the was a limit placed as the top three pitchers per team was utilized. That still leaves 18 pitchers in which to cast your five votes. To reiterate, if you feel a pitcher was left off the “ballot” and wish to vote for him as one of your five choices, cast a “write-in” vote by using the comments section.

Who are your top five starters for the All NL Central team?

  • Bronson Arroyo, CIN (13%, 7 Votes)
  • A.J. Burnett, PIT (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Chris Carpenter, STL (50%, 26 Votes)
  • Kevin Correia, PIT (8%, 4 Votes)
  • Johnny Cueto, CIN (56%, 29 Votes)
  • Ryan Dempster, CHC (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Yovani Gallardo, MIL (69%, 36 Votes)
  • Matt Garza, CHC (35%, 18 Votes)
  • Zack Greinke, MIL (77%, 40 Votes)
  • J.A. Happ, HOU (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Jeff Karstens, PIT (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Mat Latos, CIN (75%, 39 Votes)
  • Kyle Lohse, STL (8%, 4 Votes)
  • Paul Malholm, CHC (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Bud Norris, HOU (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Wandy Rodriguez, HOU (13%, 7 Votes)
  • Adam Wainwright, STL (56%, 29 Votes)
  • Randy Wolf, MIL (2%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 52

Loading ... Loading ...

Here is where I personally changed the signs. According to the Cubs website, Jeff Samardzija is listed as the top non-closing reliever. Due to a recent report on the team’s website, he is seen as an extremely reliable option as a member of the Cubs starting rotation.

Who is your selection as the All NL Central non-closing reliever?

  • Wilton Lopez, HOU (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Sean Marshall, CIN (62%, 28 Votes)
  • Evan Meek, PIT (16%, 7 Votes)
  • Francisco Rodriguez, MIL (13%, 6 Votes)
  • Fernando Salas, STL (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Kerry Wood, CHC (5%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 45

Loading ... Loading ...

Who is your closer for the All NL Central team?

  • John Axford, MIL (42%, 20 Votes)
  • Joel Hanrahan, PIT (21%, 10 Votes)
  • Ryan Madson, CIN (23%, 11 Votes)
  • Carlos Marmol, CHC (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Jason Motte, STL (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Brett Myers, HOU (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 48

Loading ... Loading ...

Done!

Tags: All NL Central Team Baseball Chicago Cubs Cincinnati Reds Houston Astros Milwaukee Brewers MLB Pittsburgh Pirates St Louis Cardinals

comments powered by Disqus