“Let me list the reasons he belongs”
It is not a matter of too few positions. It is a matter of the human element that has become such a buzz-word with all the recent officiating blunders.
The process is imperfect — from the fan vote to player selections to manager selections. On top of that, every team has to be represented even if they’re horrible and don’t have a legitimate All-Star.
We have to live with it, but here are my biggest All-Star snubs heading into today’s game in Ana-heim, Calif:
Who: Detroit Tigers out fielder
Why: Let me List the reasons this rookie belongs. He has shot off the charts since an early callup to replace an injured Carlos Guillen. He’s hitting nearly .350 with a .600-plus slugging percentage, ranking him among the AL’s top five in both categories.
ESPN’s layson Stark described it perfectly. He’s performing like everyone expected Atlanta rookie
Jason Heyward to coming out of spring training. Too bad Boesch is in a loaded American League.
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One of the most deserving stars not playing in tonight’s All-Star Game
DETROIT — One of the most deserving stars not playing in tonight’s All-Star Game might have a bit of a problem keeping up with what he is missing, unless Detroit Tigers rookie outfielder Brennan Boesch has made significant updates in home decor since Sunday evening.
He doesn’t have a television. And it isn’t even the most pressing matter he faces during the four-day break.
“I have got to clean my apartment,” Boesch said. “I have got to do little things you don’t have time to do.Get a haircut.”
He won’t play in the the All-Star Game tonight and it was a disappointment when he initially got the news, particularly since he hails from Santa Monica , Calif., just a short drive from the game site in Anaheim. He might have deserved it, although rookies with a half season in the majors rarely get that type of recognition, even when their team is within a half-game of first place largely beacause of their contributions.
Boesch said he might watch a few innings tonight, if he can find a TV Otherwise, he said he was more interested in teammate Miguel Cabrera’s performance in Monday’s Home Run Derby, and in taking his .342 batting average, 12 home runs and 49 RBI to the lake house left empty by vacationing teammate Johnny Damon.
Asked if remains disappointed by what many perceive as an all-star snub, Boesch said “not anymore.”
The initial reaction was, a little bit,” he said “But after time’s passed, I just feel honored that people considered me and that people said that I deserved it, or whatever”
More important than appearing in a meaningless exhibition is this: Where would the Tigers be without Boesch? He provided a much-needed fifth hitter, protecting Magglio Ordonez and Cabrera, when the Tigers openly wondered who could fill that role.
And it isn’t necessary to platoon with Boesch. which virtually no one expected, because the left-handed hitter has smashed left-handed pitching, hitting .459 with three homers and 13 R1I in almost exactly one-third the number of at-bats he has had against right-handers. Of his 22 doubles and triples, 10 came against left-handers.
“I struggled against left-handers in the Dominican but that really prepared me,” he said. “It’s just a grind down there, too. On and off the field, its tough. The big leagues is just paradise compared to playing down there.”
Pitchers facing Boesch encounter the double-edged problem of a free swinger who does heavy damage against early strikes, and even heavier damage when ahead in the count.
I love his aggressiveness,” manager Jim Leyland said.
That’s something I would never change about him.”
Boesch said he wants to become more technically sound at scoring runners from third base with fewer than two outs, baserunning, and reading bails in the outfield.
And the 25-year-old is keen on sound advice from elder statesmen.
Last week, Boesch approached Al Kaline with a whimsical question about hitting home tuns and learned the Hall of Farrier does not approach hitting whimsically
The question was predicated upon Boesch’s 12-game streak without a home ran entering the All-Star break, his longest such drought.
“I asked if he ever felt that borne run envy when you see guys like Miguel hit one and think, ‘Man, I need to hit one.’ I was just joking with him,” Boesch said.
“He said, ‘No, I just tried to hit base hits and the home runs will come.’ And he was right.I was joking with him. but he was serious. I told him that was my pearl of wisdom for today and I’ll take it. Hall of Fame advice, you can’t pass that up.”
Boesch said he also has drawn upon advice offered by Toby Harrah. the Tigers’ minor-league hitting coordinator, who chastised him for trying to hit home runs in spring training.
“He said it’ you’re going to hit borne runs, that’s going to be something that’s going to be part of the game,” Boesch said. “But what defines you is what you do in between.
“When he said that, that really clicked with me. I’ve kind of been running with that approach ever since.”
There aren’t many easy calls in picking baseball’s first-half awards winners but Miguel Cabrera as the American league’s MVP is one of them…. Here are my complete pics AL Rookie of the year Brennan Boesch (Tigers), have you seen those numbers?”
AL Rookie of the Year: Brennan Boesch (Tigers). Have you seen these numbers? A slash-line of .341/.369/.595. Twelve homers and 47 RBI in 62 games. In another couple of weeks, Boesch is going to have enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title, and right now he’d rank third in the AL in batting average and fourth in OPS.
The talented left-handed Boesch is Cal’s most highly touted player entering a season since three-time.
All-American Xavier Nady (1998-00).After earning first-team. All-pac-10 honors last seasons as a sophomore, batting.355 with 21 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 33 RBI, the Bear’s center fielder is a 2006 NCBW A first-team Preseason All-American, a second-team preseason.
All-American in Baseball America and a third team preseason. All-American in Collegiate Baseball.