Originally Posted by New York Red
That's backwards, IMO. A late mad dash? What season are you watching? Bruce was bad in April, but has played at or near all-star caliber level ever since. Sure he's streaky, but his overall numbers definitely place him in the top echelon of NL outfielders. On the other hand, Choo played like an MVP the first three or four weeks of the season, but certainly hasn't been all-star caliber since. And his BA against lefties is about as bad as it gets. I'd like to have seen both selected, but Jay is more deserving, IMO.
I think this is pretty much exactly what I wrote, wasn't it? Choo had the inside track but lost it; his numbers looked pretty good through May, IIRC, but June sank him. Bruce "staged a late mad dash" -- meaning he got hot later in the first half but didn't quite make it due to a cold start. His .294/.331/.624 June with 10 HR is what really put his numbers into All-Star contention IMO (although you are right, his May was pretty darn good too, just with a tad less HR power).