Is Josh Hamilton a 2011 All-Star?

Categories: Texas Rangers

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Silver Boot secured? Check.

First place in the AL West? Check.

Representation in next month's MLB All-Star Game? Che ... Not so fast.

While Ian Kinsler's first two-homer game in almost two years lifted the Rangers over the Astros, 3-2, and gave them an intrastate five-peat, Texas may wind up with no starters in the July 12 All-Star Game in Phoenix. Manager Ron Washington will be in charge of the AL team, but if any of his players are there he might have to hand pick 'em as a reserve in conjunction with player balloting.

The AL East holds the lead at almost every position. And that object closing fast in Josh Hamilton's mirror is the Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

Voting ends tonight at 10:59. The teams will be unveiled Sunday morning at 11 on TBS.

Will Josh hang on? Does he deserve to hang on?

Of course he does.

Hamilton and Ellsbury have similar stats, but Josh has played in 35 fewer games. Ellsbury does lead the AL in stolen bases.

Player       G     AVG  HR  RBI  2B   SB

Hamilton    43    .290     8     36   12     4

Ellsbury     78    .296     9     39   22    25

Hamilton and Ellsbury have stood respectively at Nos. 3 and 4 -- behind Toronto's Jose Bautista and the Yankees' Curtis Granderson -- since June 12. But over the past two weeks Josh's lead has dwindled from 351,624 to 121,325. Ellsbury has received 21 percent more online votes than Hamilton over the last 72 hours.

Josh is a better player. He's a more popular story. And, besides, the All-Star Game will be played at night. So, despite his claims, his blue eyes shouldn't be a liability.

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WashHater
WashHater

Whaaaaamilton deserves to be in the All Star Game this year as much as he deserved to win the MVP last year in spite of missing over 1/4 of the season.  

Not at all.

UTDave
UTDave

Ellsbury is a better all-around ball player and deserves it more than Josh.  Plus, I've never seen Ellsbury have an apathetic at-bat like Josh's 9th inning K a few games back.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Hey RW, let the eye thing go. A number of experts have come out saying that it's not unheard of. Just because you have no problems doesn't give you the right to be a fucking little bitch about it.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Does Jeter deserve to be voted in to start? No. But he will be.

So do stats matter? No. They don't.

Have I figured out how to write just like a certain blogger....yes, I have.

Can I be passive-aggressive too like a douchey last line? Yes, I can be, since I'm also a stalker of short hack writers.

Mishon
Mishon

Based on stats, I think the nod should go to Ellsbury. I think the players selected should be the ones that have earned it, not who are the most popular or have the better story. Ellsbury has slightly better stats, and Josh being hurt shouldn't have anything to do with it. Its what have you done, not what you would have done.

With that being said, I hope Hambone gets it!

Sporty Sport
Sporty Sport

Quentin has been the most dangerous hitter. Joyce is the best defensively (considering durability). You could go with any of these. I think I was twelve the last time I watched more than a minute of the all star game.

Player           G     AVG  HR  RBI   2B   TB   SB   SLGHamilton        43    .290   8   36   12    91   4  .517Ellsbury        78    .296   9   39   22   143  25  .450Matt Joyce      73    .308  10   38   19   127   4  .529Carlos Quentin  76    .257  17   49   23   144   1  .529

therrick
therrick

Gagree last time I watched any of the All-Star Game I was stuck in a hotel room, and didn't have much choice. That was back in '88...

Storm_71
Storm_71

Hey RW the great Peter Gammons on with those who muse so gently said he feels for Jham becasue he has blues and has a hard time seeing in the day time. He also said he has heard the same thing for other players as well. No disrespect here but I think I will side with Gammons on this I think he may be just a tad bit more plugged in to the great game than you.  NA NA NA BOO BOO STICK YOUR HEAD IN DOO DOO Hack.

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