It’s time to put the “O” in “vote!” With All Star voting heating up, Orioles fans need to make sure they get their players in the Mid-Summer Classic.
Chris Davis is the first Oriole deserving of making the All Star game. He has yet to make one, though currently he is beating Miguel Cabrera for the Triple Crown. Davis leads all of baseball with 20 home runs, is second in batting average with .357, and his 52 runs batted in are second to Cabrera.
Adam Jones is another O who should be in the All Star game. Jones leads all American League center fielders with a .313 batting average, and he leads all center fielders in home runs (11), hits (75), doubles (17), and is tied for the lead in runs (42) and runs batted in (37). Jones would be looking for his third All Star appearance.
Let’s not forget Manny Machado. The young third baseman has matured quickly; he is second only to Miguel Cabrera among third basemen in batting average (.327 compared to Miggy’s .367). Machado leads all players in doubles with 25. The 20-year-old Oriole would be looking to make his first All Star team in his first full season.
Another deserving Oriole is Nick Markakis. Markakis is second to only Torii Hunter in batting average (.305 compared to Hunter’s .316), but he has five more home runs and 10 more runs batted in than Hunter. If Markakis makes the squad, it will be for the first time.
Give Nate McLouth some All Star votes! He is currently hitting .297 with four home runs, and his 19 stolen bases are second to only Jacoby Ellsbury amongst all outfielders. The last time McLouth made an All Star team was in 2008 as a Pittsburgh Pirate.
Catcher Matt Wieters is having a solid season, hitting .237 with seven home runs and 32 runs batted in. Wieters has played in the last two All Star games and brings with him a Gold-Glove-caliber defense.
Last, but certainly not least, is J.J. Hardy. Sure his .245 batting average is not exactly at the top of the list for shortstops, but his 12 home runs are at the top by far; the runner-up, Jhonny Peralta, has only six. Hardy’s 34 runs batted in also leads all American League shortstops. He last made the All Star team as a Milwaukee Brewer back in 2007.
Baltimore certainly has plenty of opportunities to get their position players in the game, and they should also see Jim Johnson make the team thanks to his 18 saves, second best amongst closers. Let’s make sure the Orioles get their players in the game by voting for your O’s!
by Andy Mindzak