Tuesday, July 3, 2012
American League Already Won, Erin Andrews Will Report From AL Dugout During All-Star Game
This is the first time since 2001 that the Red Sox have only sent one player to the Mid-Summer Classic, that player being starting DH David Ortiz. But did anyone else deserve the nod?
Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Starting catcher Mike Napoli, one of seven Rangers, made it in from fan voting, and back-ups Matt Wieters and Joe Mauer made it with the players' vote and the selection of AL coach Ron Washington respectively. Salty has the highest batting average next to Mauer, more home runs than all three, and one less RBI than Wieters. What went wrong?
And Mike Aviles is third among shortstops in home runs and first in RBI, but his name wasn't even mentioned. Another name that wasn't mentioned? Thirty-six year old Scott Atchison - 41 innings, ERA below 1.50 with a batting average against of .200.