Here’s the voting run-down for each position in which an Orioles player has a chance to make the All-Star game. Instead of talking about which Orioles will make the All-Star game in July, I’m going to run through which players actually deserve to start. If you disagree, let me know.
Who should start: If Wieters can get back from his injury in time, then he might very well be the best catcher in the game. If he comes back just in time for the game, I think others who played more games should have a chance. I’ll go with Brian McCann for now.
Who should start: Chris Davis in no way deserves to be on this list. I love him, but he he’s hitting .230 on the season. Unless he has 40 home runs right now, he shouldn’t be in this discussion. That said, Miguel Cabrera is batting .325 and will edge Jose Abreu for the starting spot.
Who should start: J.J. Hardy doesn’t stand a chance in this category this year, even though he is batting .306. Derek Jeter will win and just because of what he has done for this game in his career, I say he deserves to go out strong.
Who should start: Josh Donaldson has been one of the best players in the entire league this year, with 15 home runs and 48 RBI. Machado is batting .230 this year and hasn’t regained the form he had last season.
Who should start: This one isn’t tough for picking the starters: Jose Bautista, Melky Cabrera and Mike Trout. But the question remains: will Jones or Markakis make the team? Jones will make it, but Markakis, who is batting .299 on the season, will be left out because his power numbers simply aren’t there.
Who should start: Nelson Cruz is the best player is baseball right now, leading the league in home runs and RBI. Ortiz is the popular choice, but Encarnacion should give Cruz a run for his money….or votes.