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Hey, maybe Alex Rodriguez isn’t the most hated man in Major League Baseball. A-Rod officially won the popular vote for the All-Star Game for the second-straight season, and will start for the American League.
Joining him will be seven members of the Red Sox: OF Manny Ramirez (elected), DH David Ortiz (elected, will not play), 1B Kevin Youkilis (elected), 2B Dustin Pedroia (elected), C Jason Varitek (voted by AL players), OF J.D. Drew (voted by AL players), and RP Jonathan Papelbon (voted by AL players).
Terry Francona will also be managing the team because his team won the previous year’s AL pennant (defeating the Indians in seven games).
I don’t think anyone can argue that Jason Varitek is at all deserving of an All-Star nod. I know he handles a pitching staff better than every other catcher in baseball, but he’s having an anemic season offensively (.219, 7 HR, 27 RBI). How much should offensive contributions count toward being elected?
What do you think?
Should Jason Varitek be an All-Star?
Total Voters: 12