A lot has gone down across Major League Baseball since last Friday.
Masahiro Tanaka will be unavailable for at least six weeks and may require Tommy John surgery after partially tearing his UCL, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel both found a new home with the Oakland A’s in a blockbuster trade on the Fourth of July.
That wasn’t it, however. The MLB All-Star roster was announced, and after the nation debated the merits of those invited and the players left off for various reasons, Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale and Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo were selected in the fan vote.
And to everyone’s amusement, A.J. Pierzynski was designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox.
Let’s take a step back from the chaos and look at the best performances in MLB last week and identify the stars at each position.
As always, this will be to the point. One player will represent each fielding position and the designated hitter, while one hurler will get the call for the lot of them. The only caveat is that each player must have appeared in at least four games at the position for which he is being considered.
With that said, it’s time to get started.