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No All-Star starters would end long run for Red Sox

Jun 7, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

Unless Jon Lester or Clay Buchholz draws the nod in the first inning, all signs point to the Red Sox being without a starter on the AL All-Star squad for the first time since 1998.
There is one qualification there. Manny Ramirez was voted into the lineup in 2003, but he skipped the game because of a hamstring injury, leaving Boston without a starter.
The Red Sox, though, have had someone voted in to represent the AL each of the last nine years. The last time they didn’t was 2000, but they had a starter then because Ramirez, in his final season in Cleveland, sat out the game, making room for Carl Everett.
The string is set to be broken this year. Dustin Pedroia is the highest Sock in the balloting and he’s more than 500,000 votes behind Robinson Cano at second base (1,293,724 to 725,081). Victor Martinez is third at catcher, and Kevin Youkilis, Adrian Beltre and David Ortiz are all fourth at their positions. The Red Sox don’t have a single outfielder in the top 15.
The Red Sox still figure to be well represented in Anaheim. The two aforementioned starting pitchers are strong candidates for spots, and Jonathan Papelbon has a chance to go in relief. Youkilis has the AL’s third-best OPS, and Pedroia, even in a down year, is as good a choice as any to back up Cano (Ben Zobrist also has a good argument, but he’s playing quite a bit more outfield than second base). Ortiz is probably a long shot. While he’s been the AL’s second-best DH, there are four first basemen having better seasons in Justin Morneau, Miguel Cabrera, Youkilis and Paul Konerko.
No starters, though. It’s the end of an era.
Red Sox All-Star Game starters
1999 – Nomar Garciaparra
2000 – Carl Everett
2001 – Manny Ramirez
2002 – Manny Ramirez, Shea Hillenbrand, Derek Lowe
2003 – Manny Ramirez*
2004 – Manny Ramirez
2005 – Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, Jason Varitek, Johnny Damon
2006 – Manny Ramirez*, David Ortiz, Mark Loretta
2007 – David Ortiz
2008 – Manny Ramirez, Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia
2009 – Jason Bay

  1. Chris - Jun 7, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    And this is a bad thing? Let me be alive for the day when no undeserving player is voted to the All-Star game. Yankee, Red Sox, or Josh Hamilton.

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  4. JBerardi - Jun 7, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    How on earth is Kevin Youkilis fourth among first basemen? He’s a superstar.

  5. Steve C - Jun 8, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Youkilis would stand a chance if it were not for that Morneau character up in Minnesota trying to make up for his lack luster MVP he got in 2006.
    2006, 157 games, 4.3 Wins Above Replacement
    2010, 55 games, 4.3 Wins Above Replacement

  6. RichWizl2 - Jun 8, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    The All-star Exhibition Game was a decent idea way back when there wasn’t any cable tv; an opportunity to watch players you couldn’t otherwise see. Now, it’s just a big joke which they’ve made even bigger by making it the WS home field advantage game. I wish no Red Sox players would go so they could rest up for the 2nd half; none of them need the extra money.

  7. BC - Jun 8, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Have you seen the seasons Morneau and Cabrera are having?

  8. 11coreya - Jun 8, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    its not that the sox players are having unusually bad years its just that more players are having great years like cabrera and morneau and cano. I wouldnt be against the ball being given to lester or buchholz in the first, there arent any two hotter pitchers in the AL in the last month

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