The Indians will have two All-Stars in Shane Bieber and Jose Ramirez.
Early in the evening on Sunday, the Major Leagues announced who would represent the AL and NL in the 2021 All-Star Game. The starters were already voted in not long ago, with no Indians’ player being named. While it seemed obvious in late May that the Indians would have a few guys going to the game in July, that hope was dashed after the Tribe had a rash of injuries. The mounting injuries have taken their toll on the team, especially with the starting pitching, and the team has slumped a bit. Yet, Shane Bieber and Jose Ramirez were both still named to the AL All-Star Team.
Bieber won’t play in the game, more than likely, and will be replaced with another player but Bieber will still earn that nifty “2021 All-Star” designation. The Indians’ ace has been fantastic this year, with a 3.28 ERA and 130 strikeouts on the season.
For Ramirez, he’s been the lone constant in the Tribe’s lineup all year with only Ramirez, Cesar Hernandez, Amed Rosario, and Eddie Rosario having played at least 70 games so far. Ramirez is hitting .260, with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs in a season that may see him finish in the top-three again for the AL MVP.
The Indians could’ve had one more make it if it wasn’t for the injuries
One player was on his way to the All-Star Game but a strained muscle ended that pursuit. Franmil Reyes was hitting the ball very well before he went down over a month ago. He’s hitting .268 with 11 home runs and 29 RBIs as the Indians designated hitter, but had he been healthy all summer, those numbers would’ve been much better.
Having missed over 30 games this year, Reyes could’ve easily been neck and neck with Ramirez in RBIs and home runs, but the loss of time severely hampered his statistical impact.