On Friday, Major League Baseball announced this year’s All-Star Game ballot. You can vote online (if you feel like placing your votes based on the first four weeks of the season). Here’s a quick look at the Yankees who are on the ballot and their chances of actually making the All-Star team.
With Albert Pujols going through an early resurgence in Anaheim, and Jose Abreu off to a powerful start in Chicago — plus Miguel Cabrera back to playing first base full time — Teixeira’s chances of making another All-Star appearance don’t look great at the moment. Has to stay healthy and keep hitting the ball out of the park.
Obviously Roberts is on the ballot instead of Yangervis Solarte, but if these two keep hitting like they are the moment — Solarte has the second-best OPS on the team, Roberts has the fourth-worst — then you could make a case that by the time the All-Star Game actually gets here, Solarte will be the more viable candidate. Probably won’t matter. Second base is suddenly a fairly deep position in the American League.
Obviously Solarte doesn’t make the ballot here either. Johnson, though, has been pretty productive while helping the Yankees at each infield corner. He’s been helpful, but I’m not sure that means he’s an early All-Star contender. Even a guy like Brett Lawrie, who’s hitting below .200, has managed to drive in 20 runs already from the third base position. Josh Donaldson is off to a nice start in Oakland.
To make an All-Star team, Jeter no longer has to be great, he just needs to be viable. And he’s been a good table setter early in the season. Alexi Ramirez is off to a strong start with the White Sox, but is he really going to beat out Jeter in the fan voting (especially in Jeter’s final season)? Doubt it.
Matt Wieters is off to a strong start in Baltimore, and he might be the favorite now that Joe Mauer is a first baseman. McCann, though, would seem to have a legitimate chance of making the All-Star team if he can improve his offensive numbers in the next month and a half. He’s actually hit pretty well the past two weeks. Having Mauer playing elsewhere opens up the position a little bit.
Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner
Not a bad group to have on the ballot, but it’s naturally a crowded field. Early in the season, both Ellsbury and Beltran are playing like potential All-Stars. Ellsbury has been a potent table-setter and he’s among the league leaders in stolen bases. Beltran is second in the league in doubles and he’s Top 15 in slugging. Those two seem to be legitimate candidates on a predictably crowded ballot.
New Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz is on the ballot as a designated hitter, and right now he’s third in the American League RBI. Edwin Encarnacion, Brandon Moss and — of course — David Ortiz are also on the ballot as DHs. Is Soriano going to have a first half to match last year’s second half? If so, he might make it.
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