Rangers set a franchise record as they had seven players selected for the American League All-Star team.
By ANTHONY ANDROFS Southwest
ARLINGTON, Texas — The
Texas Rangers set a franchise record as they had seven players selected for the American League All-Star team.
That number could increase one more as right-hander Yu Darvish is one of five pitchers on the ballot for the Final Vote team.
Even if Darvish doesn't make the team, it's already been an impressive All-Star haul for the Rangers. Texas had three starters voted into the game for the first time and outfielder Josh Hamilton set a fan-voting record with 11,073,744 votes, more than three million votes better than the old mark set by Jose Bautista last year.
In addition to Hamilton, Mike Napoli won the vote at catcher and will be an All-Star for the first time. Adrian Beltre was voted in as a starter for the first time too.
Texas manager Ron Washington, who will manage the team for a second-consecutive year, used three of his manager's picks for his own players as left-hander Matt Harrison, right-hander Joe Nathan and shortstop Elvis Andrus made the team. Second baseman Ian Kinsler is also an All-Star for the third time as he was a player's selection.
Washington had no problem picking his own players.
"I picked them because they're deserving of being All-Stars," Washington said. "I didn't pick my guys being selfish."
Washington also said Darvish, who has 10 wins and is starting today, is deserving of an All-Star nod. Darvish will have to get it via the fan vote as he's up against four other pitchers – Kansas City's Jonathan Broxton, Los Angeles' Ernesto Frieri, Chicago's Jake Peavy and Baltimore's Jason Hammel.
"In order to get the guys I feel are All-Stars on there, and Yu is certainly one of them, I just feel like he has a good chance of winning the five-man vote," Washington said. "Both he and Nathan and Harry are having outstanding years. I do feel like each and every one of them are deserving of being an All-Star. I just felt like this was the best way to do this to make sure that happens."
This marks the fifth-consecutive year the Rangers have had at least one starter voted in by the fans and the fourth time in the last five years the Rangers have had at least four All-Star picks.
Washington said it was tough leaving rookie left-hander Robbie Ross off the team. Ross is 6-0 with a 1.08 ERA in 30 appearances.