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All Star Game Thoughts: Locked On MLB – July 10, 2019

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The All Star Game is over and I have thoughts about it. I have thoughts about the game, the hats, the amount of pitches thrown and when it should be played.

Oh I have thoughts,

This is the Locked On MLB Podcast hosted by me, Paul Francis Sullivan. Please call me Sully.

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All Star Ballots and Minnesota’s Pursuit of Bumgarner – Locked on MLB for June 27, 2019

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I share my All Star Ballot and demonstrate how the second half is discounted.

Plus the Twins should go all in on Madison Bumgarner and I respond to a bad review.

This is the Locked On MLB Podcast hosted by me, Paul Francis Sullivan. Please call me Sully.

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Wondering if the Season Has Started and Hall of Fame Manager Thoughts – Latest @LockedOnMLB Podcast

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Has the season started or not? It is very confusing with the soft opening. I think the season should start with the All Star Game anyway.

That is discussed along figuring out which managers will be closer to Cooperstown with a World Series title in 2019.

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Who Owned The All Star Game July 17, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Alex Bregman homered to lead off the 10th inning and put the American League up for good in their 8-6 victory over the National League. He receives a full WOB.

Blake Treinen threw a 1-2-3 inning in the middle of a slugfest. That in itself was an accomplishment during the American League’s 8-6 win over the National League. He receives a full WOB.

Scooter Gennett hit a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game and send it into extra innings. The NL would eventually fall in 10 innings, 8-6. He receives a Half WOB.

Aaron Nola struck out a pair and did not allow a run in his inning of work as the National League fell short to the American League, 8-6 in 10 innings.

They all owned the All Star Game on July 17, 2018

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Thoughts on the All Star Game, Satchel Paige, Jose Reyes and the 1996 Padres – July 12, 2017

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The All Star Break lumbers on. I give some All Star Game rule changes and make a suggestion for the Marlins to honor Satchel Paige.
Meanwhile, the Mets stupidly honor Jose Reyes and I figure out which San Diego Padres team should have won.

Nice weather in Miami and San Diego

on this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Who Owned the All Star Game (July 11, 2017)

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Robinson Cano hit a go ahead homer in the top of the 10th that put the American League up for good, 2-1.

Andrew Miller worked around a walk to get the final 3 outs on the 10th and the save on the American League’s 2-1 All Star Game win.

They Owned the All Star Game on July 10, 2017

Receiving 1/2 WOBs for the All Star Game:

Yadier Molina hit a game tying homer and walked to lead off the bottom of the 9th and got all the way to third but could not score and the NL wound up losing in 10 innings, 2-1.

Carlos Martinez struck out 4 in two innings of shutout ball in the National League’s 2-1 loss in the All Star Game.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 13, 2016

 

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I have thoughts on the All Star Game. Pitchers are not facing enough batters. Players are being lifted too quickly. And I still don’t understand why the American League was the home team in San Diego.

Plus I realize that being fair is irrelevant in baseball.

It is a START THE SECOND HALF ALREADY episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Eric Hosmer, Will Harris, Daniel Murphy and Kenley Jansen both added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

See the updated listing of WOB on MLB Reports

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Who Owned Baseball July 12, 2016 – All Star Game Edition (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Eric Hosmer hit a solo homer and an RBI single to propel the American League to a 4-2 victory in the All Star Game.

Will Harris got a key strikeout with the bases loaded to preserve the American League’s 4-2 advantage in the All Star Game.

They Both Owned The 2016 All Star Game.

And earning 1/2 WOBs are:

Daniel Murphy got a pair of hits and made a key defensive play in the National League’s 4-2 loss in the All Star Game.

Kenley Jansen struck out the only batter he faced on 3 pitches in the National League’s 4-2 defeat in the All Star Game.

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PETITION: Bartolo Colon Needs To Be In The Home Run Derby

There has been a lot of hype surrounding a possible pitcher’s home run derby this year, but it has not been confirmed. Most of the hype is surrounding guys like Madison Bumgarner or Jake Arrieta, but let’s be honest, there is only one pitcher that truly needs to be in the home run derby. That one pitcher is big sexy himself, Bartolo Colon.

 

Out of all the years I have watched baseball, I have never seen a player get more attention every time he swings the bat, sometimes makes contact, and even when he runs. This man would be an absolute gem if he received an invitation to the home run derby and we need to find a way to make it happen.  I have started a vote to try and petition Bartolo into the derby, so please join me and help!

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 11, 2015

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While along the railroad tracks, I think about baseball award shows, more TV shows and why the Draft Kings controversy was so predictable.

All aboard this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 16, 2015

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A trip to the hospital! Going under anesthesia! Will this series of events end the consecutive days with a new podcast at 1,057???

Please! Cal Ripken has nothing on me!

It is a going under and getting pain killers episode 1,058 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Josh Reddick, Kris Medlen, Josh Tomlin, Tyson Ross, Franklin Gutierrez and Buster Posey all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – 1000TH EPISODE! July 20, 2015

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IT IS FINALLY EPISODE 1,000!

Every single day since October 24, 2012, I have posted an original podcast episode. And now the streak has reached quadruple digits.

For show 1,000, I recorded video as well as audio. I performed in front of a studio audience at the Mid Peninsula Community Media Center in Palo Alto, California.

Comcast Sports Net personality Eireann Dolan was my guest and we discussed the state of the A’s and some of the trinkets that she and her boyfriend, A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle, have accumulated over the years.

Plus I give my thoughts on what I would do WHEN I become commissioner. (When, not if.)

It was a fun show and here is to the next 1,000 for The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
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Dallas Keuchel, Zack Greinke, Jake Smolinski, Andre Ethier, Jose Iglesias, Cole Gillespie, Chris Archer and Shelby Miller all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 15, 2015

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Thinking about Pluto, rain during the All Star Game and the new In Memoriam Video

It is Episode 995 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Mike Trout, David Price, Andrew McCutchen and Jacob deGrom added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

Watch the new In Memoriam Video HERE

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 14, 2015

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Thinking about Pluto, rain during the All Star Game and the new In Memoriam Video

Getting super close to the 1,000th show on this cosmic episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Todd Frazier and Joc Pederson added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

Watch the new In Memoriam Video HERE

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 7, 2015

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Look at how things have changed with how the New York Daily News covers A-Rod since February.

Today I have some All star Game talk, introduce some potential rule changes and comparing A-Rod to Bryan Cranston.

Marching towards episode 1000 on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

Jon Niese, Chris Sale, Howie Kendrick, Preston Tucker, Manny Machado, Preston Tucker, Jon Lester and Wei-Yin Chen all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 6, 2015

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The Brewers are on an amazing win streak. How much of it can be connected to Bob Uecker?

That and All Star Game thoughts in the latest episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

Wilmer Flores, Lance Lynn, Kole Calhoun, Erasmo Ramirez, Yasmany Tomas, Mat Latos, Carlos Correa and Ervin Santana all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 10, 2015

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The Royals are dominating the AL All Star Game vote. For some people, that is a problem that needs to be fixed. Um, why?

That and some no hitter thoughts on Episode 959 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Chris Heston, Joey Votto, Masahiro Tanaka, Edwin Encarnacion, Giancarlo Stanton, Dan Haren, Yan Gomes and Eduardo Rodriguez all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – March 4, 2015

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Spring Training Games have begun. A change in the baseball schedule can make the Cactus and Grapefruit League games valuable in selecting the All Star Team.

It all makes sense in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 15, 2014

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The All Star Game is tonight, and if you want your team to win the World Series and clinch at home, maybe you should root for the other league tonight.

Also the Astros and first round pick Brady Aiken are locking antlers. Both sides should come to their senses.

It is a present and potential All Star episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier used the Home Run Derby to add to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 10, 2014

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On today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast, I take a quick glimpse at the Face of Baseball off season competition.

It doesn’t really interest me, but some people are really getting into it. I support anything that gets people talking about baseball in the off season. But I also believe it illustrates the need to start the season with the All Star Game.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 10, 2014

Passing The Torch From Greatest MLB Player To Player During The Years 1979 – 2013: From Brett To Cabrera

Cabrera has had back to back AL MVP seasons in 2012 and 2013.  He has also won 3 straight AL Batting Titles.  Cabrera is the best player offensively in the universe.  He has put up 10 straight 100+ RBI campaigns, but he has racked in 276 RBI, and also 88 HRs.  The 11 Year Veterans totals would have even been higher in 2013, but he fought a torn groin for the last half of the year.

Cabrera has had back to back AL MVP seasons in 2012 and 2013. He has also won 3 straight AL Batting Titles. Cabrera is the best player offensively in the universe. He has put up 10 straight 100+ RBI campaigns, but he has racked in 276 RBI, and also 88 HRs – while featuring an OPS well north of 1.000. The 11 Year Veterans totals would have even been higher in 2013, but he fought a torn groin for the last half of the year.  The 8 time ALL – Star and 5 time Silver Slugger Award Winner has improved even greater on his totals over the last decade.  Cabrera has a Career 3 Slash Line of .321/.399/.967 – with 365 HRs and 1260 RBI in just 1660 Games Played.

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While watching Miguel Cabrera this year, I started thinking about the best players in the MLB over the last 33 years.  I am talking the best player of the game at any point of time. 

I tracked back to 1979 for this article.  I may expand further back in follow-up articles.  I didn’t rank defense as  highly as offense when I came up with the players. 

I agonized over players like Mike SchmidtJim Rice, Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken for some of the years given in specific time frames.  These gentlemen were given every consideration. 

In the end, we are talking about the best player in the game though and it is always subject to debate and personal opinion. 

The criteria had to involve leading the league in several different offensive and/or defensive categories, followed by routinely being in the top 7 in MVP balloting (if not taking home the honor), All-Star Appearances for every year I listed them for and most of them won silver sluggers and/or Gold Gloves as well.

Cabrera’s 3 HR Game – 2013

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 21, 2013

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It is the SUNDAY REQUEST on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Today’s request comes from @chrisskreager

I discuss my All Star Game memories and why so few were moment that occurred during the game.

Hanley Ramirez C. J. Wilson, Alex Rios and Gio Gonzalez  all owned baseball on July 19, 2013.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 17, 2013

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Here is the All Star Game edition of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast!

Who could POSSIBLY have a problem with how Jim Leyland handled Mariano Rivera in the All Star Game or Rivera winning the MVP? Evidently some people DID.

Paul Goldschmidt, Matt Harvey, Prince Fielder and MVP Mariano Rivera  all owned baseball on July 16, 2013.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 17, 2013

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July16th) – Updated Yearly “WOB” Standings

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It is an ALL STAR GAME edition of Who Owned Baseball!

MVP Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect inning and had the entire stage to himself, giving the All Star Game its lasting memory for the night.

Prince Fielder legged out a triple in the 9th inning that delighted the crowd and probably gave his manager a heart attack.

Matt Harvey started the game and let the first two runners on. Then he bore down and retired the next 6 All Stars he faced.

And Paul Goldschmidt hit the National League’s lone extra base hit that gave the senior circuit some life in the 9th inning.

They all owned the All Star Game last night.

My explanation for “Who Owns Baseball” can be found here.

At the end of the year, we will tally up who owned baseball the most individual days and see how it compares to the final MVP and Cy Young vote.

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Cy Young Candidates: AL + NL

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Wednesday July 17, 2013

Felix Hernandez has been the face of the Seattle Mariners since 2009 when he won 19 games for their club. He looks to be doing it again in 2013 as he has already won 10. It is the first time in his career that he has won 10 games before the All-Star Break. In 138.2 innings pitched he has struck out 140 batters and has an excellent 2.53 ERA.

Felix Hernandez has been the face of the Seattle Mariners since 2009 when he won 19 games for their club. He looks to be doing it again in 2013 as he has already won 10. It is the first time in his career that he has won 10 games before the All-Star Break. In 138.2 innings pitched he has struck out 140 batters and has an excellent 2.53 ERA.

By Ryan Ritchey (MLB Reports Writer)

The Cy Young Award is always a fun award to predict. There are always three or four great pitchers from each league that could deserve the award. But in the end only one person can get that award and that is why it is so fascinating.

This season is no different. There are three players in my mind from the American League that deserve to be candidates for the Cy Young Award.

Those three players are Bartolo Colon of the Oakland A’s, Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers, and Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners.

Who is the front runner? Here is who I have…

First is the King, Felix Hernandez. Every season since he came into the league at the age of 19 in 2005 he has gotten better mentally and physically.

As a young pitcher, he would get frustrated easily on the mound and it would go downhill from there. This season it looks as if he has got his emotions under control and just goes out and pitches.

Hernandez is 10-4 with a 2.53 ERA in an even 20 starts. This is the first season he has won 10 games before the All-Star Break in his nine year career.

Those numbers right there are a lot better than his 13-12 Cy Young season in 2010. He always seems to stay right around a .500 record but I think this is the season he breaks out and wins 20 games for the first time.

There is just one more player better than him that deserves the award more than the King.

Bartolo Colon 2013 Highlights: Mature Lyrics – Please Use Parental Guidance Here

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Felix Hernandez To Represent The Mariners In The 2013 All-Star Game

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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

KIng Felix is one of the main reason  experts now pay more attention to Pitcher's peripheral stats to decipher whether or not he is 'CY Young Worthy' based on his 2009 AL Cy Young Award Winning Season.  Despite  13 - 12 record, he lugged 249.2 IP, carried an ERA of 2.27 in the AL - and a WHIP of 1.057.  The 9 year veteran will be in New York City tonight for the ALL - Star Game.

KIng Felix is one of the main reason experts now pay more attention to Pitcher’s peripheral stats to decipher whether or not he is ‘CY Young Worthy’ based on his 2009 AL Cy Young Award Winning Season. Despite a 13 – 12 record, he lugged 249.2 IP, carried an ERA of 2.27 in the AL – and a WHIP of 1.057.  His 13 Wins were the fewest wins ever by a Cy Young Winner.  The 9 year veteran will be in New York City tonight for the ALL – Star Game.

Sam Evans (Baseball Writer and Marlins, Mariners Correspondent):

The young Mariners roster has a lot of talented, exciting players competing at an All-Star type level at the moment, but almost all of those players haven’t been this way for long enough to be considered for the All-Star Game.

Felix Hernandez, 27, has been the same pitcher in 2013 that Mariners fans have loved watching over the past nine years. His 4.2 WAR and 138.2 outstanding innings pitched are numbers that can rival practically any pitcher in the game today

. For this reason, Felix Hernandez will be the Mariners lone representative, heading to his fourth All-Star Game.

SEA@HOU: Felix fans nine en route to 100th career win

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Five Cardinals Named To The National League All-Star Team

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Sunday, July 14th, 2013

 All five of these Cardinals are absolutely well deserving of the honor to be called National League All-Stars.  These five players are crucial to the success of the St. Louis Cardinals have lived up to the pressures that lie with being a St. Louis Cardinal.  They always seem to find a way to get the job done and be respectable leaders in the club house.  With these guys around, the future of the St. Louis Cardinals is very bright. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game can be seen on FOX, Tuesday night at 8:00 PM ET.

All five of these Cardinals are absolutely well deserving of the honor to be called National League All-Stars. These five players are crucial to the success of the St. Louis Cardinals have lived up to the pressures that lie with being a St. Louis Cardinal. They always seem to find a way to get the job done and be respectable leaders in the club house. With these guys around, the future of the St. Louis Cardinals is very bright. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game can be seen on FOX, Tuesday night at 8:00 PM ET.

By Landen Crouch (Cardinals Correspondent)

One week ago, Major League Baseball released the rosters for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game, which will be held in New York City.  On the roster for the National League are five members of the St. Louis Cardinals, the most representatives by any single team for the 2013 mid-summer classic.  

Catcher, Yadier Molina; First Baseman, Allen Craig; Second Baseman, Matt Carpenter; Outfielder, Carlos Beltran; and Pitcher, Adam Wainwright were among those selected to represent St. Louis Cardinals.

So far, 2013 has been a phenomenal year for the Cardinals, heading into the All-Star Break with the best records in all of baseball. So, obviously, some things have gone right for this team.

 These five players have been crucial to the success of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013 and are well deserving of their spots in the game.

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Cincinnati Reds Got Snubbed For The ALL – Star Game

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Sunday July 14, 2013 

As we approach the All-Star Break and the teams have been selected everyone looks at who got snubbed. The Cincinnati Reds in my opinion had four players that should have made the National League All-Star team. Bruce, Choo, Leake and Latos are all worthy of All-Star Selections but this year were left off the list.

As we approach the All-Star Break and the teams have been selected everyone looks at who got snubbed. The Cincinnati Reds in my opinion had four players that should have made the National League All-Star team. Bruce, Choo, Leake and Latos are all worthy of All-Star Selections but this year were left off the list. Carlos Gonzalez injured his thumb and it is unknown if he will play in the game so Choo or Bruce could end up getting in after all.

By Ryan Ritchey (Baseball Writer): 

The Cincinnati Reds have the fourth best record in the National League as of July 14th and only have three all-stars.

Those three all-stars are very deserving no doubt about it but they should have at least two more if not three. Those four players are Shin-Soo Choo, Jay Bruce, Mat Latos and Mike Leake.

Mike Leake has matched his win total from last season with 8 in just 18 games started this season. He is having one of his best seasons since he has come into the league.

He has been the second best starter on this Reds pitching staff behind Latos. Above all he deserves to be in New York for the All-Star Game. 

Shin-Soo Choo Walk Off Home Run on May 7, 2013:

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Top Five MLB All Star Game Snubs (AL + NL)

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Tuesday July 9th, 2013

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Bernie Olshansky (Baseball Writer):

Every year there are a number of deserving guys who initially get snubbed out of the All Star Game.

For whatever reason, they just did not get picked. In this piece, I will cover the top five guys from each league that should have made the roster.

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Can Cleveland Keep Pace in the Second Half?

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Sunday July 7th, 2013 

The Cleveland Indians are in second place in the American League Central 3.5 games back of the Detroit Tigers. Kipnis has come out of his shell and is leading the team in Hits, RBI, Average, and On Base Percentage. Kipnis will be an All-Star on July 16th at Citi Field. The pitching is below average ranked throughout the league but for them to keep pace with the Tigers in the second half they will have to pick it up and try to carry the team. Guys like Jimenez, Swisher, Bourn and Kazmir will have to have a great second half for the Indians to make the playoffs. As it sits right now the only way they will make the playoffs is by winning the American League Central and beating the Detroit Tigers.

The Cleveland Indians are in second place in the American League Central 3.5 games back of the Detroit Tigers. Jason Kipnis has come out of his shell and is leading the team in Hits, RBI, Average, and On Base Percentage. Kipnis will be an All-Star on July 16th at Citi Field. The pitching is below average ranked throughout the league but for them to keep pace with the Tigers in the second half they will have to pick it up and try to carry the team. Guys like Jimenez, Swisher, Bourn and Kazmir will have to have a great second half for the Indians to make the playoffs. As it sits right now the only way they will make the playoffs is by winning the American League Central and beating the Detroit Tigers.

By Ryan Ritchey (Baseball Writer): 

The Cleveland Indians are three games above .500 but are still 3.5 games behind the first place Detroit Tigers after losing the first two game of the series at home.

New manager Terry Francona has done a great job with this club but he still has a lot more to do in order for them to make the playoffs. 

Big names that have produced so far this season are Jason Kipnis and Justin Masterson.

Swisher came over to Cleveland this winter by signing a four-year $56 million contract. The contract includes a fifth year vesting option worth $14 million.

Swisher has given the team a huge boost with his personality but hasn’t produced as much as wanted on the field. Only having 30 RBI has really hurt this club as it has put a lot of pressure on other guys to perform. 

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