The latest 2017 All-Star updates are out, and quite a few Cleveland Indians players still remain near the top of their respective positions. Namely Jose Ramirez, whose incredible couple of weeks at the plate now has him within spitting distance of being the American League’s starting third baseman.
The latest AL All-Star ballot update. Ramirez, Brantley still within range of starting nods... pic.twitter.com/IisVJeCyW5— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 26, 2017
The Angry Hamster sits a mere 209,164 votes behind current leader, Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins. It’s not an impossible deficit, but with only three days left to vote, he’ll need at least 13,994 Indians fans to vote for him five times a day until the deadline. And that’s assuming Sano gets zero votes over the same time.
Even with a lengthy slump through May and into the beginning of June, Jose’s hot start to the season and his historic streak from June 14 onward has him as one of the league’s best overall hitters. His 146 wRC+ is fourth behind Aaron Judge, Jose Altuve, and Corey Dickerson. The problem? It’s also tied with Miguel Sano.
Where Ramirez has the edge, however, is in FanGraphs WAR, thanks to his much better defense at third base and his eight stolen bases (compared to Sano’s zero). And do I even need to mention his outstanding hair? Just vote Jose already, people.
The window to be a starting third baseman in the All-Star game not name Manny Machado probably won’t last forever, either. The Baltimore Orioles standout can usually be penciled in as the AL’s leading man at the hot corner, but he is having an awful season at the plate. He’s not going to slash .228/.299/.446 forever, and he’s not always going to fifth in All-Star voting at the position. It’s just not going to happen.
Not surprising, but still kind of depressing, is how far Francisco Lindor has fallen in voting. He once led all American League shortstops by a wide margin, but a slump that has seen him slash .200/.240/.337 since the beginning of June has eaten away at his votes. I can’t imagine any amount of heat over the next three days will net him enough to be voted in at shortstop.