Complete React to the AL All-Star Roster

davisComplete All-Star Game rosters were announced Saturday night, and I know I’m late getting you my reaction, but better late than never. I’m going to break this down into two parts (it is taking a little more work and I’m having a little less time to post than I had expected I would here recently), and we will start with the American League.

For the most part, fans nailed it with the AL starters. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis led all vote getters, and rightfully so. Behind him, there isn’t a single player from one through nine who hasn’t had a first half deserving of honors and accolades. In my opinion, the fans did a better job than the players and managers. \

Below, I give you the complete roster and then offer my thoughts on players who should have made, players who probably shouldn’t have, and provide you with who I’m voting for as part of MLB’s Final Vote, which chooses the last player on the roster to make the game.


AL Starters
C Joe Mauer, Twins
1B Chris Davis, Orioles
2B Robinson Cano, Yankees
SS J.J. Hardy, Orioles
3B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
OF Mike Trout, Angels
OF Adam Jones, Orioles
OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
DH David Ortiz, Red Sox

AL Pitchers
RHP Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP Clay Buchholz, Red Sox
LHP Brett Cecil, Blue Jays
RHP Justin Verlander, Tigers
RHP Justin Masterson, Indians
LHP Chris Sale, White Sox
RHP Mariano Rivera, Yankees
RHP Bartolo Colon, Athletics
RHP Yu Darvish, Rangers
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners
RHP Jesse Crain, White Sox
RHP Joe Nathan, Rangers
LHP Glen Perkins, Twins

AL Reserves
1B Prince Fielder, Tigers
OF Torii Hunter, Tigers
SS Jhonny Peralta, Tigers
2B Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
OF Nelson Cruz, Rangers
UTIL Ben Zobrist, Rays
C Jason Castro, Astros
1B Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
OF Alex Gordon, Royals
2B Jason Kipnis, Indians
3B Manny Machado, Orioles
C Salvador Perez, Royals


SS Jhonny Peralta, Tigers

He has hit half as many home runs as J.J. Hardy (7 to 15), but his batting average is higher (.304 to .254), his on-base percentage is higher (.360 to .294), his slugging percentage is higher (.445 to .433) and his WAR is higher (2.2 to 1.9). Peralta has scored more runs (97 to 87), and trails in RBIs by just four (42 to 46). I’m happy to see Peralta on the roster, but fans should have made him the starter.


3B Josh Donaldson, Athletics

Just look at his slash numbers (: .319/.386/.534) and try to argue that he is not among the elite hitters in the American League. Donaldson’s only sin is playing a position (third base) that is absolutely loaded with talent this year. Miguel Cabrera and Manny Machado are both worthy of their selections, and it’s likely that Donaldson was omitted because the team was already carrying two third basemen plus utility man Ben Zobrist. If that’s the case, that’s strange, because skipper Jim Leyland elected to go with three catchers, a position with a lot less depth than third this year.

SP Ervin Santana, Royals

His 5-5 record does not speak for how good he has been this season. Santana has been a victim of a lot of bad luck thus far, having seven no decisions out of his 17 starts. He sports a slim 2.90 ERA (7th among AL starters) with just a 1.05 whip (5th among AL starters). He has been an absolute workhorse for the Royals, logging 118.0 innings.


OF Nelson Cruz, Rangers

It’s easy to marvel at a man who is capable of blasting a baseball 400 feet with any given swing of the bat. Sure, he has 22 home runs, but so does Raul Ibanez, and he’s done it in 70 fewer at bats. And aside from his home runs, he really doesn’t have much else to boast. He isn’t in the top 10 in batting average among American League outfielders. Among that same group of players, he ranks 22nd in wins above replacement, with just a 1.4. He’s one spot behind Ichiro Suzuki and one spot ahead of Kelly Johnson. Cruz is having a good season for Texas, but it’s far from an All-Star caliber season.


SP Justin Verlander, Tigers

This pick was one part home cooking, one part reputation. He’s 9-5, but his ERA is 3.54 (among his career worst), and opponents are hitting a healthy .256 against him (it may seem slight, but it ranks him 20th out of AL pitchers alone). This is not the dominant Verlander who won the MVP and led the Tigers to the world series. He’s a good but not great pitcher through the first half of 2013. That’s been good enough to help keep the Tigers in first place, but shouldn’t be good enough for an All-Star selection.


RP Steve Delabar, Blue Jays

Major League Baseball didn’t make the final vote in the American League very sexy by giving us a list of middle relievers. The other choices were Nate Robertson of the Yankees, Joaquin Benoit of the Tigers and Koji Uehara of the Red Sox. Delabar has the lowest ERA (1.58) and has pitched the most innings (40.0) among his competition, so he gets the vote here.

About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

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