On my recent yearly pilgrimage to Safeco Field to see the Tigers play they were handing out All-Star Game Ballots. It goes something like this: You pick the roster right, you submit it and (key word obviously being “and”), you win something if you get it right. Seems to have escaped me. Octavio Dotel’s closing mishap must have done that to me………………………………. Moving on, anyways here are my thoughts on it.
Positional Mix and Mash-
Jesus Montero is officially listed at DH, which actually might be more difficult to make it into the game than behind the plate.
Andy Dirks and Delmon Young have flip flopped positions since the ballot came out. Young is the current DH and Dirks has taken his spot in left for Detroit.
Michael Young is listed at DH, but really can play everywhere around the infield for Texas.
Joe Mauer is actually listed at catcher despite attempts to keep him out of injuries’ way.
Third Base Just Got a Whole Lot More Crowded-
Miguel Cabrera joins an AL group that includes mainstays Evan Longoria, Alex Rodriguez and Kevin Youkilis.
In the NL, Hanley Ramirez joins a positional battle with the likes of Ryan Zimmerman, Chipper Jones, Scott Rolen and Pablo Sandoval. Not to mention last year’s All-Star Placido Polanco.
Other Things of Note-
Wilson Betemit is listed as the Oriole’s DH. A decent defender, seems like he’d be better defensively than Mark Reynolds and Chris Davis at first and third. Just a thought.
Ben Revere, one of the Twins outfielders listed, is currently in AAA.
Josh Donaldson, the A’s third base representative, was in AAA for a couple weeks before being called up.
Brandon Inge should at least be put in the running if he keeps going bananas.
Both Alex Gonzalez and Mat Gamel are out for the season and are presumably out of the running.
Franklin Gutierrez will have a tough time of it seeing as he hasn’t played yet. His teammate Ichiro could also have a tough time making it back to the Mid-Summer Classic.