The Red Sox have a few familiar faces, and a new one supporting them for the All-Star game this year. Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz, and Josh Beckett have both found themselves here on a fairly regular basis (though A-Gon has switched leagues), but for Jacoby Ellsbury it is his first time. Ellsbury was honored to be voted in as a reserve by the players and it was honestly quite surprising the fans voted in Hamilton over Ellsbury.
Ellsbury led Hamilton in just about every category including OPS at the close of the ballots. But as Ryan Braun has complained, having fan voting still usually does not put the top players on the field. Derek Jeter has been injured and had a very subpar first half. He found his way in. Russell Martin was nearly voted in as the starting catcher over Alex Avila who is having a breakout season. Martin found his way in as a reserve anyway. Other teams' fans also complain about the lack of representation.
The point is well taken. 6 of the starting 9 are Red Sox and Yankees and the two teams also have 2 players in reserves, and 2 pitchers in the rotation/pen. So many pitchers are having great years, that even Sabathia and Lester missed the game this year. Another player who Jerry Remy said he believes is overlooked is Daniel Bard. That middle relief role never seems to get any credit, and there is not many better then Danny Bard right now. I couldn't agree more.
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