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Aramis Ramirez expected to replace Placido Polanco on All-Star team

Jul 10, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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If Bruce Bochy was given the choice, he probably would have taken Aramis Ramirez in place of Chipper Jones when the latter was ruled out of the All-Star Game following knee surgery.

It wasn’t Bochy’s choice, though, and Scott Rolen, who finished behind Jones in the players’ vote, was forced on him as Chipper’s replacement.

Now, with starting third baseman Placido Polanco out due to a back injury, Bochy will get to make the call and Ramirez is his likely pick, he told ESPN this afternoon.

Ramirez, who has been on fire for a few weeks now, is up to .302/.350/.503 with 15 homers and 50 RBI this season, compared to .244/.277/.403 with five homers and 35 RBI for Rolen.  Since Ryan Zimmerman, David Wright and Pablo Sandoval have all missed big chunks of the first half, Ramirez is the obvious choice to receive the nod.

The only thing that might have stood in Ramirez’s way is Bochy’s fondness for his own third baseman, Sandoval.  Sandoval has hit in 20 straight games and is at .305/.345/.505 for the season, so he there certainly would have been some justification for taking him over Rolen.

  1. shawon0meter - Jul 10, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    A-Ram has been putting up good numbers of late. Congrats to him!

    Although when he was asked about it last night, he didn’t sound so sure if he wanted to do it because had plans to go to the Dominican Republic with his family.

  2. Matthew Pouliot - Jul 10, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Yeah, it sounds like he’s opting out and that the spot wil go to Sandoval. Just waiting for some confirmation.

  3. cintiphil - Jul 10, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Well, it looks like this is wrong. It is not what you have done for the last week or two, but the season to date. Rolen has accepted the offer from the League, and is in the A-S game. I really never cared about this game in the past, but I think the players generally like to participate.

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