The American League All-Star roster was announced and six Detroit Tigers were named, which was the most of any team. Most of the names were expected with Max Scherzer, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Jhonny Peralta all getting in, but there were two names that were not completely expected. Justin Verlander and Torii Hunter were both named to the roster to jump the number up to six. While both have had better years than their current campaigns, with the name value they bring and the careers they have had, you can’t be too shocked Jim Leyland carried them.
So, there will be plenty of representation for the city of Detroit and plenty of importance to Tigers fans as well with the hope that they will once again be the American League representative in the World Series and can earn themselves home-field advantage next Tuesday. There were a few disappointments even with the number being what I think is a very favorable number of Tigers. Drew Smyly, who posted numbers that were more than acceptable to get into the big game and has been a huge piece to the Detroit Tigers in the first half, was not selected to the team, but it would have been an unconventional pick, so I am okay with the decision. Omar Infante was also left out even though he has had a really solid season both with the glove and at he plate. Was he left out because of the injury, or was the decision made even before that? We probably will never know.
It came out at the end of the FOX broadcast that Joaquin Benoit will be in the final vote, so make sure you support him in his bid to make it seven Detroit Tigers players in the All-Star Game. You can vote on MLB.com; Benoit will have to beat out four other reserve players in order to make it. Detroit is always great at voting and has won the final vote in the past, so I have high hopes that we will be able to vote him in as well.