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Abreu, Alexei Make First All-Star Game; Sale Snubbed

News of the American and National League All-Star Game rosters broke on ESPN Sunday night. Most figured the White Sox would have three representatives on the AL squad, but they wound up with just two … for now.

As expected, Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez were each named as All-Stars for the first time.

Abreu has crushed the baseball all season, clubbing 27 homers and collecting 69 RBI through his first 74 career games. His .276/.325/.616 slash line ain’t too shabby, either. Despite four others in Victor Martinez, starter Miguel Cabrera, Brandon Moss, and Edwin Encarnacion all making the team as first basemen, Abreu was still an absolute lock.

The 27 year old is tied for the league lead in homers with Nelson Cruz despite having over 40 fewer at bats. He’s also third in RBI, just two behind Cruz and one behind Encarnacion. Their SLG %’s are .582 and .591 respectively, while Abreu’s is all the way up at .616.

Now we’ll just have to wait and see if Abreu decides to participate in the Home Run Derby.

After a poor all-around 2013 season, Alexei Ramirez’s bounce-back this season has been tremendous. When Luke predicted the American League roster Sunday morning, he summed up Alexei’s case well …

While he’s tapered off a bit as of late (hitting just .226 since the beginning of June), Ramirez has easily been the best shortstop in the American League this season, and that’s not me being a homer. He’s at or near the top in every major offensive category, and amongst his main competition of LA’s Erick Aybar and KC’s Alcides Escobar (no, Derek Jeter should not really be considered for an All-Star bid this year even though he’s making the actual team via the fan vote), he tops them in DWAR and Range Factor. He’s been, overall, the best shortstop of the bunch, and while it’s possible he gets snubbed later today, it will be a surprise if he’s not selected to the squad at all.

Good for you, missile. I know I speak for all of us Sox fans when I say, “ALEXEI … YESSSSSS!”

While it was nice to see these two guys get their spots on the team, which they both certainly deserved, another south sider was perhaps the biggest snub of this year’s mid-summer classic.

I’ll let a few tweets take you through this …

Yes, those stats are indeed accurate.

I guess that could be one explanation for the snub …

Oh, well no I guess there is indeed no fair explanation. (Kershaw made the NL team.)

There were actually a handful of pitching snubs to the AL roster, as all five candidates in the final vote are starting pitchers. Vote for Sale by clicking here or by sending a simple tweet …

You can check out the entire AL and NL rosters by clicking here.

Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj, USA Today Sports

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