MLB All-Star Game: 5 Reasons Why Masahiro Tanaka Should Start for AL

5 Reasons Why Masahiro Tanaka Should Start For The AL

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Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees is easily one of the hottest and most talented pitchers currently in the AL. The 25-year old right-handed Japanese rookie phenom has taken The Big Apple by storm and now the rest of MLB will get a chance see what everyone is talking about. With that in mind, here are five reasons why Tanaka should start at the 2014 All-Star Game.

5. International Appeal

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5. International Appeal

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As everyone knows, the Japanese love baseball almost as much as we do in America, if not more. So being able to see Tanaka in his first All-Star Game will make this a huge game for the international viewing audience.

4. First Yankees' pitcher to win 12 games before the All-Star Break

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4. First Yankees' pitcher to win 12 games before the All-Star Break

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Tanaka is the first Yankee and only the third player in MLB history to hit that impressive mark, which puts him in a very, very exclusive club. Feats like that deserve to be rewarded.

3. Future AL Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young Award winner

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3. Future AL Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young Award winner

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While there are no guarantees, it seems impossible to think Tanaka won't win both of these awards if he keeps playing at the level he is. Being the starter for the AL in the All-Star Game would be a nice three-peat.

2. Leads MLB in complete games

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2. Leads MLB in complete games

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Tanaka currently leads the majors in complete games at three. And while there is no chance that he would have to pitch nine full innings at the All-Star game, it's nice to know he could if he wanted to.

1. Leads MLB in wins

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1. Leads MLB in wins

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Tanaka has 12 wins on the season already and his ERA of 2.27 is third in the AL. He has allowed only 34 runs all season and has recorded 130 strikeouts. When taken all together, there is no way Tanaka shouldn't be the AL starter for the All-Star Game.

David Goodman is a Philadelphia Phillies writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter at @PhillyGuyDave, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your circles on Google.

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