Alright, lemme get this situated for you real quick: New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is going to the 2023 All-Star Game.
The rest is anyone's guess. Will Judge be playing in the game? Ehhhh ... to be determined. But he's the leading vote-getter in the American League by hundreds of thousands. He's already on all the merchandise. There's been a teal banner of him staring steely-eyed that's been in storage at the Space Needle since Seattle was awarded All-Star Weekend back in 2021. He'll be there.
But ... will any of his Yankees teammates join him? After adding Judge to the roster almost subconsciously, it's much tougher to determine if any other Yanks will be deemed to be the cream of the crop this July.
The Midsummer Classic is approaching sooner than you think. We're less than a month out, and narratives have already shifted rapidly since voting began. When ballots were opened for business, I would've added Anthony Rizzo to the hypothetical roster. Now? After a 2-for-37 slump, not so much; he's got some work to do to get his average back up closer to .280 and bring the power back.
At the moment ... (sigh) ... I'm only adding one more Yankees player to this year's All-Star team, as well as crossing my fingers and hoping the voters are kind to an additional possibility.
Aaron Judge will make All-Star team: Predicting which Yankees will join him
All-Star Lock: Gerrit Cole
While Cole is about a month removed from threatening for the Cy Young with a sub-1.00 ERA, he's still among the top pitchers in the American League, sporting numbers that are gaudier than his end-of-season totals from either of the past two campaigns (both years where he made the All-Star team, for what it's worth).
The only thing standing in the way of Cole going for his sixth consecutive All-Star Game this summer was the pandemic cancellation of the 2020 contest. Ignore the FIP here (3.70, worse even than last year when he faltered and surrendered 33 longballs). Cole's body of work has been enough to place him among the game's elite and threaten for another top-10 Cy placement. He hasn't been the ace of your dreams since April, but he's absolutely an All-Star.