May 24, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley (23) bats in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Indians defeated the Orioles 9-0. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Three Cleveland Indians Should Make All-Star Game


Major League Baseball’s fan vote is over, and by now, Cleveland Indians’ fans have come to realization that no “Block C” caps will be appearing in the starting lineup.

Left fielder Michael Brantley is the only member of the Indians in the conversation to start, as he ranks sixth in the outfield vote. With a stadium that looks half empty most nights, it’s no shock Brantley is on the outside looking in. When the last vote count was released June 30, Brantley trailed the No. 3 spot’s holder, Yoenis Cespedes, by more than 300,000 votes.

Baseball law dictates someone’s got to go to Minnesota for the game, which will be played July 15, and it should be Brantley. His 2.6 WAR is the third best mark among left fielders, and the 13 home runs he’s belted are a new career high.

Brantley is the obvious choice, but there are two other non-pitchers deserving of getting the call in Lonnie Chisenhall and Yan Gomes.

Chisenhall is a few plate appearances away from being in the running for the AL batting crown, while Gomes’ WAR (2.2) is the second best in the AL, and fourth in MLB.

Lonnie Baseball wasn’t even on the ballot, as Carlos Santana took up that spot. With a minimum of 250 plate appearances entering July 4, Chisenhall was seventh in WAR at the position (2.1), while slashing .344/.401/.559 with nine homers and 38 RBIs.

Gomes was slashing .267/.309/.422 with nine moonshots and 30 RBIs. He was having trouble throwing out base runners earlier in the year, but seems to have corrected the problem. Gomes also brings value because of his ability to frame pitches. Framing doesn’t count toward WAR, but according to Beyond the Box Score, Gomes gains the Indians half a win in value.

For perspective’s sake, Salvador Perez and Derek Norris each cost their team about half a win. For framing’s sake, we’re talking about framing. Yes, Perez and Norris have better offensive numbers, but the Yanimal needs an advocate, and the Factory of Sadness is happy to oblige.

Gomes won’t get there as a starter, but he should be there as a reserve.

The All-Star Game rosters will be announced July 6 on ESPN. The show starts at 7 p.m.

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