Commentary

Meet the all-time NL All-Stars

Updated: July 10, 2009, 11:58 AM ET
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

With the 80th Midsummer Classic approaching next Tuesday in St. Louis, I have chosen my all-time All-Star teams, starting with the National League and continuing with the American League on Friday. But here's the catch -- I had to do the following:

• Construct a 33-man roster for each team, much like today's All-Star rosters.

• Choose at least one player from every team in every city: at least one Atlanta Brave, but also at least one Milwaukee Brave and at least one Boston Brave. So instead of 33 slots spread among 16 teams -- like in the "real" game -- we have 21 NL teams: the current 16 clubs, plus the two previous Braves teams, the Montreal Expos, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants.

• Pick players who were All-Stars and had great seasons while with the team in question since the All-Star Game began in 1933.

And finally, because this is an All-Star Game, science can take us only so far. Trevor Hoffman might not be one of the 10 greatest National League pitchers since 1933, but I want him on the team anyway.

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