On Sunday the MLB All-Star teams were announced with four Yankees selected to the American League squad. Absent from the team was Giancarlo Stanton, but he’ll still have one last shot to make the roster if he can win the final vote over four other AL hopefuls.
The Yankees will be well represented at the Midsummer Classic on July 17th, with Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino and Aroldis Chapman all set to head to D.C for this year’s festivities.
Stanton has a good chance to join them, but it’s not going to be easy by any means. All five final vote candidates are very deserving of a spot on the AL roster and the fans can’t go wrong with whoever they choose.
Here’s a look at the AL final vote ballot:
Yankees OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton
Red Sox OF Andrew Benintendi
Twins OF Eddie Rosario
Angels SS Andrelton Simmons
Mariners SS Jean Segura
Because of his very slow start to the season, Stanton might be the weak link when compared to the rest of the candidates but he has to be a favorite to win because of the team he plays for. The Yankees have the best and biggest fan base in baseball all across the country and that should help Stanton quite a bit.
The Yankees are also teaming up on social media with the LA Dodgers to get Stanton and their final vote candidate Max Muncy to this year’s game.
Last season Dodger fans helped get Justin Turner to the All-Star game as the NL’s final vote winner so they’ve been through this before. Stanton grew up in the LA area and before the Yankees acquired him this past winter the Dodgers were among the teams he would have accepted a trade to so hopefully LA fans show him some love.
Back at the start of May, it seemed like a long shot that Stanton would find a way to his fifth career All-Star appearance but he has really picked things up over the past couple months.
In June he was outstanding with 8 home runs and 17 RBI and now he’s on pace for yet another 40 HR and 100 RBI season. His .267 average is the lowest among the candidates but he leads them all with 21 home runs so it’s not like his numbers aren’t All-Star worthy.
The two shortstops Segura and Simmons probably have the best cases to earn the final spot because they’re both hitting well over .300 and play at a premium position. However, Rosario and Benintendi were both snubbed as well and along with Stanton they definitely deserved a spot over the Astro’s George Springer in the AL outfield.
Stanton might not be the biggest snub among these five but it’s hard to argue against him making the team. Just the excitement he would add to the game would make him the most intriguing addition. Power is what makes him one of the biggest stars in the game today so I’m sure fans would love to see him swing for the fences against some of the NL’s top aces.
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He’d be quite the late game weapon for AL skipper AJ Hinch to send to the plate so let’s hope Yankee fans vote and don’t stop voting from now until Wednesday at 4 pm.