Jay Bruce, 2011 All-Star

In the end, it was Jay Bruce’s peers who decided that he was an All-Star. Bruce won the player vote, and will be headed to Arizona in two weeks for the All-Star game. He’s finally made it.

“Mainly I just want to be respected by the players because everybody up here has talent,” he said. “The way you go about your business and the professionalism you exude is a big part of how players and coaches see you and there is a respect level there. And that’s my goal. At the end of your career, other players won’t remember how many All-Star teams you made or how many home runs you hit, they’ll remember what type of guy you are. I want to be well-respected and well-liked.”

Congratulations, Jay. Also a side congratulations to Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto!