Jose Ramirez will not be the only Cleveland Indians player at the 2017 MLB All-Star Game, but he will be the only one to start the game. Announced earlier today, Ramirez will be batting second behind Jose Altuve and ahead of Aaron Judge. That’s one heckuva lineup.
That lineup is great from top-to-bottom, but seeing Jose batting second is pretty pretty pretty good.
The American League squad will be managed by Brad Mills, who is standing in for Terry Francona. The Tribe’s usual skipper, and the original one slated to manage the AL, recently underwent a heart procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat. The Indians expect him to return after the break, but it didn’t make sense to have him manage a meaningless game
Corey Kluber was expected to be the game’s starter, but given his five innings of work put in on Sunday, the last game before the break, he made the smart decision to sit out. Francisco Lindor, Michael Brantley, and Andrew Miller have also joined Jose in Miami. If the the World Baseball Classic taught us anything, though, it’s that Miller doesn’t do well in games that do not count for anything. Brad Mills might be better keeping him on the bench.