Jose Ramirez not being first is proof that starters shouldn’t be picked by fans

The Cleveland Guardians fanbase deserves to have Jose Ramirez as the All-Star Game starter.

Jose Ramirez is slaughtering the ball as a hitter for the Cleveland Guardians. He’s like Captain America and The Hulk combined in every Avengers film ever. It’s just a cavalcade of chaos every time a pitcher thinks he can beat him. He’s only two RBI behind Pete Alonzo of the New York Mets for the Major League lead and is currently the American League leader for the same stat.

He’s currently second on the voting for All-Star starters, behind Boston’s Rafael Devers, who has a higher batting average than Ramirez but that’s it. He’s got significantly more RBIs and is tied with Devers for home runs, and he’s done that with six-fewer games.

Ramirez is the obvious choice to be the starter for the All-Star game, because not only is he leading the AL in RBI, he’s easily the front-runner for AL MVP at this point in the season as well. Devers isn’t.

If Ramirez loses out to Devers, then it’s time to redo how they determine the All-Star Game starters.

Jose Ramirez is not the only Guardians player on track to make the All-Star Game

Jose Ramirez is not the only Guardians player on track to make the All-Star Game, as three other players are currently in the top 10 for voting at their position. Now it should be stated that the players who are being voted on are just the guys who could start the All-Star game, not the guys who will end up making it.

Still, Andres Gimenez is in the Top 3 and has a real shot to make the game. That said, the other two, Franmil Reyes and Owen Miller are not likely to make the game unless they’re voted in, which seems highly unlikely.

Still, it’s good to see them in the Top 10 of their positions.

From Cleveland.com;

AMERICAN LEAGUE

FIRST BASEMEN: 1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays – 947,045; 2. Ty France, Mariners – 596,030; 3. Anthony Rizzo, Yankees – 445,683; 4. Luis Arraez, Twins – 307,442; 5. Yuli Gurriel, Astros – 204,164; 6. Jared Walsh, Angels – 140,975; 7. José Abreu, White Sox – 94,900; 8. Bobby Dalbec, Red Sox – 79,658; 9. Ji-Man Choi, Rays – 76,003; 10. Owen Miller, Guardians – 57,690.

SECOND BASEMEN: 1. Jose Altuve, Astros – 710,708; 2. Santiago Espinal, Blue Jays – 522,154; 3. Andrés Giménez, Guardians – 514,982; 4. Gleyber Torres, Yankees – 379,095; 5. Trevor Story, Red Sox – 320,262; 6. Jorge Polanco, Twins – 137,032; 7. David Fletcher, Angels – 103,524; 8. Adam Frazier, Mariners – 88,542; 9. Whit Merrifield, Royals – 63,915; 10. Marcus Semien, Rangers – 59,469.

THIRD BASEMEN: 1. Rafael Devers, Red Sox – 727,669; 2. José Ramírez, Guardians – 711,367; 3. Matt Chapman, Blue Jays – 406,1824. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees – 281,9555. Alex Bregman, Astros – 245,9116. Anthony Rendon, Angels – 152,1417. Gio Urshela, Twins – 124,8008. Eugenio Suárez, Mariners – 119,8489. Bobby Witt Jr., Royals – 79,79610. Yandy Díaz, Rays – 52,250

DESIGNATED HITTERS: 1. Yordan Alvarez, Astros – 835,669; 2. Shohei Ohtani, Angels – 555,056; 3. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox – 307,706; 4. Danny Jansen, Blue Jays – 297,484; 5. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers – 248,312; 6. Josh Donaldson, Yankees – 174,618; 7. Trey Mancini, Orioles – 91,751; 8. Kyle Garlick, Twins – 77,698; 9. Kyle Lewis, Mariners – 65,206; 10. Franmil Reyes, Guardians – 59,628.