Cleveland fans weren’t expecting the Indians to send a lot of players to the All-Star Game in Minneapolis July 15, but there were some faithful fans holding out hope the team could send at least two representatives.
Brantley’s selection doesn’t come as a surprise, as Dr. Smooth is batting .321 with 13 homers, 57 RBIs, 58 runs scored, 10 stolen base and 10 outfield assists. His 2.5 WAR is the 25th best in baseball, and second among qualified left fielders.
Considering Kluber is tied for fourth among all starting pitchers with a 3.2 WAR, his non-selection on Sunday serves as a major snub to his accomplishments this season.
Even if Kluber doesn’t win the final vote, he could make the team if another pitcher gets hurt, or throws the Sunday before the exhibition.
According to Cleveland.com, Kluber learned of his All-Star uncertainty Sunday morning, before his start against the Royals. He proceeded to go out throw 8 1/3 innings while striking out 10 en route to a 4-1 win.
Manager Terry Franona will serve on Farrell’s staff, and thinks Kluber is All-Star worthy (via Cleveland.com). He added that the city needs to get behind the Texan to send him to the Mid-Summer Classic.
“…Knowing the system and how it works and everything, rather than gripe about it, what we can do as a city is, even though we’re not the biggest city, jump onboard and support Kluber and find a way to get him on that team. I think that would be a phenomenal feat for us as a city to find a way to get him on that team. I think his pitching deserves it.”
Kluber’s up against five other pitchers for the last spot. Other final vote candidates include Chicago’s Chris Sale, Los Angeles’ Garrett Richards, Detroit’s Rick Porcello and Houston’s Dallas Kuechel.
Voting runs through Thursday at 4 p.m. You can send Kluber to the All-Star Game buy voting here.
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