Sorry, but for the sake of the integrity of the game, I cannot vote for Cristian Guzman for the all-star game.
It's not that he's such a terrible choice (he is a terrible choice, but that's not what I'm worked up about), it's that if neither Matt Kemp nor Shane Victorino is voted in, the National League will have no center-fielders whatsoever.
The MLB all-star game has always been kind of like a fantasy baseball draft, where defense doesn't count at all. And the convoluted process and little league participation rules have undermined the quality of play at the all-star game for years.
But it's one thing to have a guy who doesn't really deserve to be on the team like Andrew Bailey or Adam Jones, but it's something else altogether to play an entire game with an outfield that would make Dunn/Dukes/Willingham look like a gold glove trio.
Carlos Beltran was voted in by the fans, but presumably he won't play since he's been out since June 22 with a bruised knee.
That means, unless Kemp or Victorino is voted in, the starting outfield for the NL will feature either Ryan Braun or Raul Ibanez in right field and one of these non-CFs in center: Justin Upton, Hunter Pence, or Brad Hawpe.
And, of course, the all-star game isn't meaningless. Home field advantage in the World Series is on the line.
Now, I can't quite urge you to vote for a Phillie, and Victorino doesn't really deserve to go any more than Guzman does. But Matt Kemp is a perfectly solid choice. He's an above average fielder, and he's hitting .305 / .373 / .521 for the NL's best team.
So for the good of the game, don't vote Guzman. Vote Kemp.