by John Viril—
Ok, I get it. The Detroit Tigers won the A.L. pennant last season so manager Jim Leyland gets to manage the A.L. Star team. That means Leyland gets to pick 8 players to the All-Star roster aside from the fan vote—as well as the pitching staff.
Leyland has still served up too much “home cooking” in his All-Star choices.
The A.L. All Star roster consists of 6 Tigers plus relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit who is one of 5 players eligible for the fan final vote. 3B Miguel Cabrera was elected by fans to the starting lineup and SS Jhonny Peralta and 12-0 P Max Scherzer clearly belong on the team. But, 1B Prince Fielder, OF Torii Hunter and P Justin Verlander seem like a favor to Leyland’s homeboys.
That’s not what the All-Star team is supposed to be about.
The worst choice is Torii Hunter. Yes, Hunter has had a great career. Yes, Hunter is still a good player with an OPS+ of 109. But, he’s not All-Star worthy. Not this season. Measured by WAR value, Hunter is only the 20th best...