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Which AL players deserve your All-Star votes?

5/28/14 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

May 23, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos (61) signals for the intentional walk of Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) during the fifth inning as umpire Ed Hickox (15) looks on at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsThe MLB Twitter account posted the current voting leaders in the AL All-Star voting, and the voters are being pretty inconsistent, as usual.

In case you're getting ready to cast your own vote and aren't sure whom to pick, here are a few suggestions:

1B -- Current leader: Miguel Cabrera
Who deserves it: Cabrera, although Jose Abreu has a strong case as well.
It's hard to argue against Cabrera, who is currently hitting .324 with 8 HR and is 2nd in the AL with 44 RBI. But before his injury, Abreu was leading the league with 15 HR and 42 RBI. Despite missing the past week and a half, Abreu is still 3rd in the AL in both categories. Still, with this year's performance combined with two straight MVP awards, it's hard to argue against Cabrera.

May 27, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) and Seattle Mariners designated hitter Robinson Cano (22) talk at first base during the seventh inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports2B -- Current leader: Ian Kinsler
Who deserves it: Robinson Cano.
He may have left the spotlight of New York, and he might have struggled a bit in his first month or so in Seattle, but Robinson Cano is still having a hell of a year. He's 2nd in the AL with a .333 average, and his slash line of .333/.377/.428 is a bit better than that of Kinsler (.322/.352/.465).

3B -- Current leader: Josh Donaldson
Who deserves it: Donaldson. He was remarkable last year, and hasn't missed a bit this year. His 4.0 WAR (so far) is more than 3 times that of the next best third baseman. There's no doubt that Donaldson is absolutely the best 3B in the AL right now.

Jul 8, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) bobbles a ground ball against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. It was Jeter's second error of the game.  Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY SportsSS -- Current leader: Derek Jeter
Who deserves it: Alexei Ramirez. But really, anyone but Jeter.
Jeter is the sentimental choice, but his slash line (.269/.337/.320) certainly leaves much to be desired. He's not really contributing to the Yankees in any meaningful way, other than providing some pre-game entertainment as teams trot out their retirement gifts. Ramirez, on the other hand, is having an incredible season for the White Sox, offering strong contributions both at the plate and on the base paths. He's hitting .324/.357/.483 with 7 HR, 36 RBI and 9 stolen bases. Jeter has this spot locked down, but he's far from deserving.

C -- Current leader: Matt Wieters
Who deserves it: Derek Norris
The young Athletics catcher is having a hell of a season, outpacing Wieters easily, as well as the rest of the catchers in the AL. He's hitting .314 with 5 HR and 24 RBI in somewhat limited at bats.

May 25, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) scores on an RBI single by third baseman David Freese (not pictured) against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY SportsOF -- Current leaders: Mike Trout, Jose Bautista, Jacoby Ellsbury
Who deserves it: Trout, Bautista, Michael Brantley
Trout and Bautista are 1-2 among AL outfielders in WAR. They're not bad choices at all. Ellsbury, on the other hand, is most definitely benefiting that he was the big free agent name in the offseason, and he's now in the spotlight of the Bronx. He's not having a bad year at all, the the Red Sox undoubtedly miss his bat in the leadoff position, but he's still not one of the top three outfielders in the American League.

The third spot is up for grabs, with several players in the conversation. Some of those include Alex Gordon, Michael Brantley, Melky Cabrera, Shin-Soo Choo and others. My pick is Brantley. He's got a slash line of .306/.374/.510, and has 8 stolen bases as well. He's having a great season, but probably won't be rewarded because he's not one of the big names.

DH -- Current leader: David Ortiz
Who deserves it: Nelson Cruz, Victor Martinez or Edwin Encarnacion
Ortiz certainly got some votes thanks in large part to his stellar reputation and also his lights-out performance in the World Series. But is he really the most deserving DH in 2014? Probably not. Nelson Cruz (.300/.369/.632, 1.8 WAR), Victor Martinez (.341/.397/.604, 1.7 WAR) and Edwin Encarnacion (.263/.341/.585, 2.2 WAR) are all putting together other-wordly seasons, and they're all hitting significantly better than Ortiz at this point. It's really a virtual toss-up between the three of them, but I'm personally giving the nod to Martinez, thanks to his league-leading .341 average.


Of course, you are entitled to vote for anyone you like. But if you're truly trying to honor the best current players in the game, this is a good start.
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6/11/14   |   kantwistaye   |   4215 respect

Brantley is the only piece of the CC trade that is working out for Cleveland now.

5/28/14   |   Jess   |   34885 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I would think this is one of those times it's ok to be "biased". I'm going to go vote for your guy, cause I can! :)

heart yes

5/28/14   |   JenX63   |   32792 respect

Jess wrote:
I'm totally voting for Cano. I'm biased, but I don't care. He's in 2nd place in the voting right now.

I would think this is one of those times it's ok to be "biased". I'm going to go vote for your guy, cause I can! :)

5/28/14   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Who deserves the All Star votes?   Whoever fans want to vote for deserve them for what ever reason those fans use to decide. 

5/28/14   |   Jess   |   34885 respect

I'm totally voting for Cano. I'm biased, but I don't care. He's in 2nd place in the voting right now.