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A couple of quick All-Star thoughts:

* Wow, that National League starting infield, including catcher, is young. Only Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley is older than 25. Assuming Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, Mets shortstop Jose Reyes and his New York teammate, third baseman David Wright all stay on track, the NL infield could be set for years to come. Milwaukee first baseman Prince Fielder, the youngest starter at 23, figures to have his hands full in the future holding off St. Louis' Albert Pujols and Philadelphia's Ryan Howard, both pretty young themselves.

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*Rather than the ridiculousness of having Boston's David Ortiz starting at first, having only played seven games there all year, why not just give up the ghost and let designated hitters hit for pitchers, even in National League parks during All-Star games. After all, who really wants to see a pitcher hit in an exhibition?

*How messy would it have been to have had both Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa at AT&T Park?

For those who need a football fix, here's a glance at highlights from a semipro league All-Star Game. There appears to be more hitting and a few more spectators than what you might see at the Pro Bowl.

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