MLB All Star Voting 2011: Which Players Could Sneak Into All-Star Game?
For those of you watching the Subway Series right now, you have probably heard that New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes left the game with "hamstring tightness" following the first inning. If this proves to be a serious injury, it's a near certainty that Reyes will miss the 2011 MLB All Star Game on July 12. Considering how Reyes was second in votes behind Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies, this will give a few talented National League shortstops the chance to play in the Midsummer Classic.
The first name that comes to mind as one to take Reyes' place is Stephen Drew of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is having a fairly average season, batting .266 with five home runs and 44 RBI. His numbers aren't overwhelming, but he deserves a spot on the NL squad just because the game is taking place in his home stadium, Chase Field.
Another name that crosses the mind is Ryan Theriot of the St. Louis Cardinals. While he isn't impressing anyone with his 14 errors at shortstop this season, Theriot has been consistent with his bat. The numbers don't stand out, but his .295 average is respectable.
Yet, the man who seems most deserving to get a spot on the National League All Star Team is Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (pictured). This young man has continued to impress people on the major league level despite being just 21 years old. Thus far this season, Castro is hitting .310 with two home runs and 37 RBI.
None of these players are major threats on offense like Tulowitzki and Reyes, but their seasons have been impressive enough that they at least deserve to be reserves on the NL team.
Given how shallow the NL shortstop pool is this season, it would be a shame to see these three man get snubbed.
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