Here we are on the edge of summer and with Major League Baseball starting to rev up the All-Star game marketing machine, I was wondering who would get the nod as our lone All-Star representative.
I am assuming it is safe to say no one from the team is going to get voted into the game. I would also assume it is a safe bet that it means a pitcher would get selected by the American League manager.
Who do you think would/should get selected from the A's at this point? Has anyone stood out more statistically?
Personally, I don't think anyone of our position players has captured the imagination of the baseball world. I would love to see Ellis get recognized, as he is perennially one of the best gloves in the game, but he is not setting the world on fire this year with his bat, as he has in the past. Emil has cooled off in the RBI dept.
Street is having a resurgence of late, but a slow and unimpressive start to the season plus the dominance of other closers would probably keep him from consideration. Duke with his near no-no...Harden if he stays healthy...Smith?
I would have to say, if it were my choice and it had to be made today, I would probably take Harden. If he can stay healthy and make all his starts between now and the end of June, with the consistent dominance he has displayed of late, it is an easy choice. If he characteristically goes down between now and then, perhaps Duke? Shame about Santiago Casilla. If he had stayed healthy I think it would have been great to see him in the game.