It’s right around that time of the year where we Clevelanders start to figure out who we think should be added to the All-Star team. In recent years it’s been unanimously Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, and of course, Eric Stamets. But this year has been different, there have been very little “all-star” performances this year from the Tribe. Some players have definitely stepped up, but there’s still some debate on who, if any, should make the All-Star team. On top of that, there’s been very little national media recognition of any Indians players, and nobody in the national media has made an argument for an Indian to make the AL team. So, let’s make the argument.
With the Indians having one of slowest starts to a season in club history (second only to the 1910 season), Santana has been the only consistent part of this Cleveland team. He’s hitting .285, and leading the Tribe in home runs (12), RBIs (40), and OPS (.912). Honestly, if there’s anyone on the Indians that deserves the All-Star bid, it’s Santana. The guy is in his 12th season having the best season stats wise and consistency wise of his career. Plus, he’s never gotten the call for an All-Star appearance and it’s Cleveland is hosting it this year. It’s a perfect situation. The only problem is that he is currently placed fourth among first basemen behind Luke Voit (Yankees), CJ Cron (Twins), and Jose Abreu (White Sox) and only the top three make the cut. SO GO VOTE BELOW!
Although Lindor missed Spring Training and got off to a slow-ish start after missing several weeks of the season, he has since turned it around and rallied not only his batting average, OBP, OPS, HR, and RBI totals, but has also rallied his team to put together two big series wins against two of the hottest teams in baseball (Twins and Yankees). Frankie is having a phenomenal year, even with missing the first several weeks of the 2019 season he is still on the pace to either match or top his careers best in batting average, OPS, and slugging. Frankie has 100% been a difference maker on this team. He has rallied the troops and never gave up on his guys and has turned this team around. The only problem is that there are many AL shortstops who are also having a great season. Frankie currently sits in sixth place behind Jorge Polanco, Carlos Correa, Glayber Torres, Tim Anderson, and Xander Bogaerts. There are still a few more weeks so Frankie has a shot to strut his stuff and get some fan votes before the selections are officially made. So once again, go vote!
I don’t know how you could look any further than Brad Hand for an All-Star game selection. He’s just insanely good. Hand currently has an ERA of 0.98 and has a whopping 19 saves, 40 strikeouts, and has not given up a game this season. WHAMMY! Hand has been automatic and in my opinion, 100% deserves an All-Star bid in the AL pitching staff. Now, GO VOTE!
Roberto Perez and Jason Kipnis
Now I know what you’re thinking, “What in God’s name is this? Robo and Kip? On an All-Star ballot in 2019?” Yep, you would be right! I’m not going to sit here and say that either of these guys are having amazing seasons. What I will say is that Roberto Perez is CALIENTE right now (that’s Spanish for hot). He’s having the best season of his career and has been a pretty good at-bat this year and definitely a solid lineup guy lately. Robo and Kip are currently in 10th place in their respective positions.
I voted for both of them. This is (probably) going to be Kip’s last chance to make the All-Star game for this Cleveland club, why not give the guy a nod.
Comment below with which one of these Indians should get the All-Star nod, and if there are any other Indians who you think should be included, let me know!
Cheers and Roll Tribe, Jiggy