The M’s had five players receive nominations on Sunday to the American League All-Star team, more than any other team in the AL.
Two of the players are getting to the game via the online voting and will start the All-Star Game (July 15, FOX) at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field. Two others were elected via the players’ vote. Mike Scioscia, manager of the AL All-Star squad and AL West rival Anaheim Angels, selected the fifth Mariner as a reserve.
Ichiro Suzuki led the fans’ voting for the third-straight year. The players, who had a hand in the All-Star selections for the first time since 1969, concurred with the fans choice.
Edgar Martinez will make his seventh, and maybe last, All-Star appearance. The best DH in the league happens to be one of the oldest in the exhibition. He and teammate Jamie Moyer are the only 40-somethings on the team.
Bret Boone has put together a season to rival his record-breaking 2001 season. He played as an All-star then, and will again this season as a backup at second base.
The players elected him to the game as the top AL second baseman even though the fan vote went to Alfonso Soriano of the New York Yankees.
Moyer will make his first and very well-deserved All-Star appearance. Moyer, among the oldest to ever make his first appearance, has an 11-5 record on the season with an ERA of 2.99. Moyer could start the game off on the mound for the American League.
Shigetoshi Hasegawa will also make his first All-Star appearance. Scioscia, his manager while with Anaheim, selected bullpen standout. Hasegawa has been razor sharp of late in the absence of closer Kaz Sasaki.
Hasegawa joins Ichiro and New York’s Hideki Matsui as players of japanese decent participating in All-Star Weekend.
The baseball world always gets distracted on the subject of the biggest snubs of the All-Star selection process. Hall-of-Famers Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens, and Florida phenom Dontrelle Willis are common to this year’s debate.
However, you never hear the talks of Gil Meche, who has more wins than all-but-one AL starter. Even more amazing, he has recovered from a nearly, two-year absence from the team due to an injury.
Meche has stepped from out of nowhere to win a spot in the rotation out of Spring Training. He stepped up when Freddy Garcia struggled and has without a doubt been the AL comeback player of the year for the first half of the season and a driving force leading the Mariners to the best record in the AL, so far.