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Indians sending five to 2018 All-Star Game

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For the second consecutive season, the Indians will have five All-Stars (photo via Cleveland Indians)

 

For the second consecutive season, the Cleveland Indians will have five players representing the organization in the 2018 edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Jose Ramirez was voted in by the fans to start at third base, the first time since Al Rosen in 1953-54 that an Indians third baseman is starting in consecutive All-Star Games.

The 25-year-old third baseman is hitting .293 with 25 doubles, 24 home runs, 59 runs batted in and 19 stolen bases in 86 games (386 plate appearances).

Shortstop Francisco Lindor was selected as a reserve to his third consecutive All-Star Game. The 24-year-old is hitting .301 with 27 doubles, 23 home runs, 56 runs batted in and 12 stolen bases in 86 games (405 plate appearances). Lindor also leads the American League in runs scored with 79.

Outfielder Michael Brantley was also selected as a reserve to his third All-Star Game (2014, 2017). Coming back from offseason ankle surgery, the 31-year-old is hitting .310 with 23 doubles, 11 home runs and 49 RBIs in 76 games (338 plate appearances).

Corey Kluber is heading to his third consecutive All-Star Game and could be the starting pitcher for the American League. The defending Cy Young Award winner is 12-4 with a 2.49 ERA, 123 strikeouts to 15 walks, a 0.879 WHIP in 19 starts (126.1 innings pitched).

Trevor Bauer will be heading to the All-Star Game for the first time in his career after a stellar first half for the 27-year-old. Despite an 8-6 record, Bauer ranks top 5 in the top pitching categories in the American League including a 2.45 ERA and 156 strikeouts.

The Indians have sent five All-Stars in consecutive All-Star Games before. The last time was 1998-99

1998

  • Jim Thome (starter)
  • Kenny Lofton (starter)
  • Bartolo Colon
  • Sandy Alomar Jr.
  • Omar Vizquel
  • Manny Ramirez

1999

  • Jim Thome (starter)
  • Roberto Alomar (starter)
  • Kenny Lofton (starter)
  • Manny Ramirez (starter)
  • Charles Nagy
  • Omar Vizquel

These last few seasons are just proving that this current era of Indians baseball is a special one and hopefully the fans sit back and appreciate this current run of Indians baseball because just like the 1990s, you never know if it’ll happen again.

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