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FORT LAUDERDALE _ Amid a dizzying run of mistakes and bonehead plays, we must give Major League Baseball credit for one thing: It finally figured out how to announce its All-Star teams.
ESPN will reveal the results of fan balloting and the selections of All-Star managers Joe Torre and Bob Brenly in one delicious chunk on Sunday night from 7 to 8 p.m. If it feels a little like the March Madness' Selection Sunday, well, there's nothing wrong with that.
But just imagine if hoops fans could jump on the Internet and push one of five teams off the bubble and into the field of 64. That's the dynamic baseball has created this year with the 30th and final spot on each team's roster.
No way Bud Selig thought up this one. It's too ingenious.
Maybe they should just call it the Cliff Floyd Rule. If it had been in force last year, National League manager Bobby Valentine could have named the Marlins outfielder and four others to his bubble list and let the fans determine if Floyd were in or out.
Me? I'm not waiting for Mike Macfarlane and Rob Dibble to show up. My selection show starts now.
AL: Switch-hitting Jorge Posada just keeps getting better. His 13 homers were nearly twice as many as the next-closest catcher (Jason Varitek). Now if Posada could just do something about those passed balls. Backup: A.J. Pierzynski, Twins.
NL: At 33, Mike Piazza should be slowing down any time now. Uh, Mike ... whenever you're ready. Trouble is, Piazza is still by far the biggest offensive weapon at his position, even if teams have run wild against him on the bases all year. And he throws a heck of a press conference. Backup: Damian Miller, Arizona.
AL: Five of the league's top six players in combined on-base plus slugging percentages (OPS) were first basemen, which sort of makes this an impossible call. The pick here is Jason …