Voting for the 86th MLB All-Star Game ends tomorrow at 11:59pm, so experts are announcing who they want to see at the game. The writers at Beyond the Box Score have chosen the starting roster and it contains three Tigers: Miguel Cabrera at first base, Jose Iglesias at shortstop and Yoenis Cespedes at leftfield. Their roster also includes Jason Kipnis (Indians) at second base, Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays) at third base, Russell Martin (Blue Jays) at catcher, Mike Trout (Angels) in center field, Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) in right field and Chris Sale (White Sox) as the starting pitcher. For some reason they didn't chose a designated hitter.
Meanwhile, Dave Cameron at FanGraphs filled out his roster with the exclusion of Yoenis Cespedes on the team, stating that he'd rather take more well-rounded players. Uh, Dave, Cespedes is batting .300 with power (.195 ISO) and is having one of the best defensive seasons among outfielders with a 9 DRS and a 6.3 UZR. How much more well-rounded do you need?
In the real vote, Cespedes trails Royals' Alex Gordon by about 1.4 million votes, so there's a real chance that he can start. Well, as long as the Royals' fans stop voting...
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