Every time you log onto mlb.com, the All-Star Ballot pops up. It urges you to vote. Vote up to 35 times.
Every time you log onto texasrangers.com, you are encouraged to “#Vote Rangers” who are “#ASG Worthy.”
Rangers who are All-Star Game worthy? It got me to thinking—who, exactly, would that be?
You can’t vote for pitchers. That leave position players and players without positions, known as DHs.
Okay, so which Ranger does one vote for?
Let’s look at first base. That’s been Miguel Cabrera’s birthright for the last half dozen or so seasons, but he has been injured a lot in 2017 and what is usually a crowded position is quite thin this year. This looks like the year of Yonder Alonso. Nobody else at 1B is having much of a season. Even so, Mike Napoli’s .181 average isn’t going to come close to doing it.
Second base? That belongs to Jose Altuve. With a few others in strong consideration. Rougned Odor’s .199 batting average certainly won’t turn any heads.
Third base belongs to Miguel Sano. He’s having a breakout season. Manny Machado will earn name recognition points, even though doesn’t deserve it. And Mike Moustakas is playing well enough to get votes. What about Joey Gallo, the one position player for the Rangers you could make a case for by virtue of his thirteen home runs? He isn’t even on the ballot. Adrian Beltre is, though. As much as I like Beltre, I don’t think his performance this year warrants an All-Star game selection.
Shortstop might be the only position where the Rangers have a possible all-star. But Xander Bogaerts and Carlos Correa will bump him out. If not them, Francisco Lindor or Jean Segura. The A.L. won’t carry five shortstops.
No way DeShields, Gomez, or Mazara get within three million votes of Trout, Avisail Garcia, or Aaron Judge, or a half-dozen worthy outfield candidates.
And Lucroy may be heating up too late for any serious consideration at catcher, especially with Brian McCann having the year he’s having, and Salvador Perez having another solid season, and Gary Sanchez getting votes simply because he’s Gary Sanchez and plays for the Yankees and everybody knows Gary Sanchez is the best catcher in the history of ever. He hit a lot of home runs in one week last year, remember?
The leaves DH. Choo versus Nelson Cruz or Matt Holliday or Albert Pujols (who has 32 RBIs). That leaves Choo on the outside looking in.
The rules say the Rangers have to have at least one All Star. It will, no doubt, be Yu Darvish.
Who else would it be?
Yu Darvish (4-2, 2.76) vs. Matthew Boyd (2-3, 5.18)
Game time: 7:05