3. Rivals At 2B

We've seen a long history of Red Sox-Yankees arguments -- Ted vs. Joe in the '40s, Fisk vs. Munson in '70s, Nomar vs. Jeter in the '90s. For this generation, we have the second base squabble playing out on the AL All-Star team. It's hard to argue with the fans voting Robinson Cano (.293, 20, 58, .375 OBP, .524 slugging) in as the starting second baseman, unless you're a fan of Dustin Pedroia (.320, 50 RBIs, .400 OBP). Both players are having remarkable seasons and among the best all-around offensive players in the AL. But given Cano's power numbers and lack of depth in the Yankees lineup -- Pedroia is hitting in front of Ortiz, Cano's protection is Travis Hafner -- the fans got it right. And by the way, Cleveland's Jason Kipnis (.295, 13, 54, .379, .517) is right there with both.

( Julie Jacobson / Associated Press / July 5, 2008 )

We've seen a long history of Red Sox-Yankees arguments -- Ted vs. Joe in the '40s, Fisk vs. Munson in '70s, Nomar vs. Jeter in the '90s. For this generation, we have the second base squabble playing out on the AL All-Star team. It's hard to argue with the fans voting Robinson Cano (.293, 20, 58, .375 OBP, .524 slugging) in as the starting second baseman, unless you're a fan of Dustin Pedroia (.320, 50 RBIs, .400 OBP). Both players are having remarkable seasons and among the best all-around offensive players in the AL. But given Cano's power numbers and lack of depth in the Yankees lineup -- Pedroia is hitting in front of Ortiz, Cano's protection is Travis Hafner -- the fans got it right. And by the way, Cleveland's Jason Kipnis (.295, 13, 54, .379, .517) is right there with both.

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