The All-Star Game is fast approaching. In three weeks, the Midsummer Classic will once again be taking center stage, as fans of each team await their team’s representative(s) to appear on the field. Sometimes, that token player is an absolute joke (anyone else remember that Mark Redman was an All-Star?) but every fan base does get something to potentially look forward to.
As of the June 22nd All-Star balloting update, only Evan Longoria has cracked the leaderboard at his position. Other members of the offense have had solid enough seasons, but nothing that really stands out at this point. James Loney had a hot start, and was leading the American League at hitting at one point, but has fallen back. Kelly Johnson is hitting for power, but has likewise cooled off, and has not seen nearly the same amount of playing time with the arrival of Wil Myers.
On the pitching side, there may also be few options. Matt Moore looked like an obvious All-Star before the calender turned to June, but has had an awful June, going 1-3 with a 10.61 ERA as he has struggled with his control and delivery this month. Alex Cobb may have had a chance, but the line drive to the side of the head likely end his hopes. Last year’s representatives, David Price and Fernando Rodney, have struggled this season, with Price ending up on the disabled list.
So, that likely leaves Longoria as the only potential member of the Rays to make the All-Star Team. Instead of being one of those token players that had no business being on the field (Redman, Mike Williams, Ron Coomer, etc) Longoria is certainly deserving of the nod, leading the Rays in virtually every offensive category.
Evan Longoria is likely to be the only member of the Rays to make the All-Star Game this season, marking the first time since 2007 where they have only had one representative. However, unless one of the pitchers can get hot over the next three weeks, or Alex Torres can continue to dominate and get a few more chances in high leverage situations, it seems quite unlikely that he will have any company on the trek to Citi Field.