Royals designated hitter Billy Butler, team-leader in homers (16), RBI (48), hits (84), total bases (145), slugging (.512) and OPS (.877), was selected as the team representative by Texas manager Ron Washington.
Butler will enjoy his first All-Star Game in front of the home fans in Kansas City July 12 and will also participate in the HR Derby in his home park.
It will certainly be a special for Butler, who is finally reaching the high hopes fans had for him as he rose the ranks in the minors and came to bigs as a big-time prospect. He is one of nine first-time All Stars on the AL squad.
Butler is putting together his best power numbers in his career. His 16 HR’s are already good enough for third best single-season total in his career and the season is still four games away from the halfway point. He is currently on pace for 34 HR, 101 RBI. He has maintained a 30-HR, 100-RBI season all year. Butler has only topped 20 HR once in his career (21 in his first full season in 2009) and 90 RBI twice (93 in 2009, 95 in 2011). Country Breakfast entered the season with the most 2B’s in baseball over a three-year span (140), but currently has just 13, well on pace for a career low. It’s no fluke. The doubles have turned into HR’s.
|Position||American League||National League|
|C||Mike Napoli||Buster Posey|
|1B||Prince Fielder||Joey Votto|
|2B||Robinson Cano||Dan Uggla|
|SS||Derek Jeter||Rafael Furcal|
|3B||Adrian Beltre||Pablo Sandoval|
|OF||Josh Hamilton||Melky Cabrera|
|OF||Curtis Granderson||Carlos Beltran|
|OF||Jose Bautista||Matt Kemp|
American League Pitchers: Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, CJ Wilson, Jim Johnson, David Price, Chris Perez, Joe Nathan, Chris Sale, Felix Hernandez, Matt Harrison, CC Sabathia, Fernando Rodney and Ryan Cook
National League Pitchers: Matt Cain, Clayton Kershaw, RA Dickey, Cole Hamels, Wade Miley, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Lance Lynn, Huston Street, Jonathan Papelbon, Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman and Joel Hanrahan.
American League Reserves: Adam Jones, Mike Trout, Joe Mauer, Adam Dunn, Matt Wieters, Paul Konerko, Ian Kinsler, Asdrubal Cabrera, Miguel Cabrera, Elvis Andrus, Mark Trumbo and Butler
National League Reserves: Carlos Ruiz, Andrew McCutchen, Ryan Braun, Giancarlo Stanton, Yadier Molina, Jose Altuve, Ian Desmond, Bryan LaHair, David Wright, Jay Bruce and Carlos Gonzalez
MLB Final Vote
MLB Final Vote continues from now until Thursday, July 5 at 4:00 p.m. ET, according to MLB.com. Here are the 10 candidates:
American League: Jonathan Broxton, Yu Darvish, Ernesto Frieri, Jason Hammel and Jake Peavy
National League: Michael Bourn, David Freese, Bryce Harper, Aaron Hill, and Chipper Jones
Broxton, a two-time All-Star as a Dodger, is fourth in the AL in saves this season (20) with a 2.05 ERA. But, it has been an adventure. He has just four 1-2-3 saves on the season and has poor 1.34 WHIP, more evidence that he flirts with danger almost everytime I out.
Broxton essentially has no shot at winning the fan vote, but it is pretty cool to see the Royals have a shot at two All Stars in back-to-back years. Last season Alex Gordon (who should have made the roster) lost in the Fan Vote.
Josh Hamilton Sets Record
Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton, who is playing at an MVP level this season, set a new record in fan votes, receiving 11,073,744 in 2012. Hamilton has homered 25 times this season and knocked in more than 70 runs through the season’s first three months.