5 Chicago White Sox Who Belong on the 2014 AL All-Star Team

Chicago White Sox 2014 All-Star Contenders

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The Chicago White Sox have certainly had an up-and-down year in 2014. Their offense has been a top-10 lineup all season, but the pitching has not always held up its end of the bargain. Among AL ranks, Chicago lands in the top five in runs and home runs. The Sox have received nice contributions from a few players headlined by one star lefty, and one rising rookie star. Here are five White Sox deserving of invites to the Mid-Summer Classic.

5. Paul Konerko

Paul Konerko
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5. Paul Konerko

Paul Konerko
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Paul Konerko may not be putting up a ton of numbers in 2014, but in his final season in the big leagues, Konerko should receive a swan song trip to the All-Star game. His farewell tour may not be getting the same headlines as Derek Jeter's, but there has been precedents set with All-Star honorable mention invites. In 2001, Cal Ripken received enough votes to be named a starter while the late Tony Gwynn received a non-playing squad member invite.

4. Adam Eaton

Adam Eaton
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4. Adam Eaton

Adam Eaton
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Adam Eaton is the table-setter for the Sox. In his first season in Chicago, Eaton has shown the ability to get on base, start rallies, and score runs. He is posting a solid batting average and OBP in spite of missing a few games on the disabled list.

3. Alexei Ramirez

Alexei Ramirez
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3. Alexei Ramirez

Alexei Ramirez
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The never-talked-about Alexei Ramirez is having one of his best seasons ever. For awhile, he was leading the AL in batting average. Ramirez leads the Sox in hits, in addition to posting double digit stolen bases and seven home runs. The veteran Ramirez has arguably been the class of AL shortstops in the first half due to his consistent performances and never taking time off.

2. Chris Sale

Chris Sale
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2. Chris Sale

Chris Sale
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Chris Sale is one of the best left-handers in the AL, if not all of baseball. He has literally carried the Sox staff on his back all season. Sale has found himself being constantly matched up against other top aces and has fared impressively in those starts. He is currently 7-1 with a high strikeout rate and low ERA. A case can be made for Sale to perhaps start the game for the AL. He was also the winning pitcher for the AL in last year's game.

1. Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu
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1. Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu
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Jose Abreu could easily fill all five of these spots. His season has been impressive. Abreu is posting eye-popping numbers in 2014. For someone in their rookie season, the numbers become that much more jaw-dropping. Nightly it seems like Abreu is blasting another home run, or driving in runs for the Sox. Even with missing time on the DL, he is near the top in home runs and RBIs. Abreu is a lock for an invite and should be a starter as well.

 

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