Yesterday an updated American League All-Star Ballot was released and there were definitely a few surprises. First and foremost, eight Red Sox players are scattered among the voting headlined by Big Papi himself, David Ortiz who leads the way for Designated Hitters. Here is the detailed voting outline…
I have just a few takeaways from the first voting update and they are as follows.
- The Red Sox are still on fire and the voting shows just that. At this point I feel like the MLB should just change the All-Star jerseys to Red Sox uniforms, it’ll just save time and make things much less confusing.
- Can Kansas City Royals fans honestly just stop? Last year it was funny in a cute and sad way that KC players led every positional race for the All-Star Game voting at a point even though some were not worthy. But now it is just annoying, I mean come on, Omar Infante is batting 0.244, Mike Moustakas is batting 0.240, Kendrys Morales is batting 0.187, and Alex Gordon is batting 0.211. At this point they’re just taking spots away from deserving players.
- With all of that being said, I do like the positional leaders as they stand right now although I wish Jackie Bradley had the amount of votes he warrants but that sometimes happens to players that don’t have big names.
- I really like Blake Swihart being in the race for catchers, in my AL East Preview, I said that Blake would be an ASG snub. Although he probably won’t get the call to the Mid-Summer Classic, it will definitely be great a confidence booster for the young player who has a great future ahead of him.
Now, this article wouldn’t be complete without my All-Star Game Ballot so without further ado…
Catcher: Salvador Perez
Right now, Perez is the best all-around catcher in the AL. Salvador gets it done both defensively and offensively with efficiency and should be pretty much a lock for the starting job for the ASG since he is currently the lead vote-getter for all AL players.
First Base: Eric Hosmer
Hosmer has been swinging a hot bat lately and has always been a defensive standout. The fact that Kansas City hasn’t been firing on all cylinders will hurt his voting numbers but he still earns my vote.
Second Base: Jose Altuve
Altuve simply gets it done on the basepaths, in the batter’s box and in the field. Altuve is a complete second baseman and has been one of the few bright spots on a struggling Houston Astros team.
Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts
X showed his growth defensively last season, and now has been hitting the cover off of the ball. The scariest thing about Bogaerts is that he’s typically a second half player so prepare to watch his already great stats get greater.
Third Base: Manny Machado
Machado has really come into his own the last few seasons in Baltimore and has helped the Orioles get off to a hot start in the AL East. Machado has truly been a dynamic player to start off his 2016 campaign and seems to be a franchise player in the making.
Left Field: Mike Trout
Baseball’s poster boy got off to a slow start but since has brought his batting average up to 0.312 while hitting 11 homers. Bottomline, Trout is an electric player and All-Star Games were made for players like him.
Center Field: Jackie Bradley, Jr
Frankly, it doesn’t get much hotter than JBJ right now. He’s fresh off a 29 game hitting streak bringing him to a blistering batting average of 0.331 with 9 home runs and 4 triples (which is tied for the league lead). Not to mention his continuously stellar defensive play. JBJ should find himself in the ASG this year or else I’ll demand a revote.
Right Field: Mark Trumbo
Trumbo has belted 15 home runs which currently has him tied for the league lead. I’d like to see Trumbo get the start in RF if he keeps up his pace. It would be Trumbo’s second ASG appearance and first in five years.
Designated Hitter: David Ortiz
What David Ortiz has been doing is hard to put into words but I’ll try. Big Papi is tied for the league lead for doubles, RBIs, Slugging Percentage, OPS, and Total Bases while he leads the league in Intentional Walks and OBP, all at the age of FORTY. As mentioned in previous articles, Ortiz has decided to call it a career after this season but I feel like if you win MVP, you’re not allowed to retire… I’m not sure though.
Cover Photo via MassLive
Voting Update via @BostonStrong_34 on Twitter