By Steve Buchanan @sbuchanan24 on June 21, 2014
The 2014 MLB All-Star Game is less than a month away and the Seattle Mariners should be well-represented. Lets take a look at five Mariners who belong on the AL squad.
After a disappointing 2013 with the Tampa Bay Rays, Fernando Rodney has turned his career back around with Seattle. Sporting 20 saves in 22 opportunities, Rodney has the closer position on lock down. He would be a great addition to the American League bullpen for the All-Star game.
Kyle Seager won't impress you with his average, but he is always a threat to go deep during a game. Knocking 10 home runs to go along with 47 RBIs has him on pace for yet another productive season for the third baseman. He would fit in nicely near the bottom of the lineup for the American League.
An early stint on the disabled list started Hisashi Iwakuma's season on the wrong foot, but he's back to business as usual now that he's healthy. Iwakuma boasts a 3.04 ERA in 10 starts to go along with 52 strikeouts and five wins. While he wouldn't be a candidate to start, he could certainly be useful in relief.
Robinson Cano has seen his power drop off, but that was expected playing at Safeco Field. Otherwise, Cano is batting .332 with a .392 on-base percentage. That's exactly what Seattle anticipated when they signed the prized free agent. Cano should be out on the field starting for the American League when the All-Star game begins.
The "King" gets the top spot for Seattle. His 2.22 ERA is impressive, but expected. He's striking out batters at his usual alarming pace, 122 in 112 innings. Throw in eight wins, and Felix Hernandez is making his bid for an All-Star spot. It doesn't get much better than Hernandez, something the National League would have no interest in facing.
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