All-Star Game insider
Tuesday, July 15 • 7 p.m.
Joe Mauer has been behind the plate in five All-Star Games (and played first base in one, too, portending his eventual move), but the American League will have to find a new catcher when the Midsummer Classic comes to Target Field in July. Fortunately, it’s a deep position for the AL. Here are six catchers who could make an extra trip to Minneapolis this summer:
Brian McCann, Yankees: The former Braves slugger has made seven appearances for the NL All-Stars and he now plays in New York, so despite his slow start — McCann is batting .195 and had no homers before Saturday, when he hit two after getting a vote of confidence from manager Joe Girardi — he’s probably the favorite to win the voting and start for his new league this year.
Carlos Santana, Indians: Like Mauer, Cleveland’s cleanup hitter has switched positions, getting most of his starts at third base this year. But he’s caught twice, too, and could make his first All-Star appearance at either position. First, he will have to start hitting. Santana hasn’t homered and is batting just .179.
Salvador Perez, Royals: Now here’s someone who’s hitting. Perez is hitting .375, entering Friday leading the entire AL, and he won a Gold Glove last season. Hard to imagine him not making his second All-Star team this year.
Jason Castro, Astros: He was on the 2013 AL team, albeit as Houston’s lone representative. Though he was off to a .156 start entering Saturday, Castro has enough power (18 homers last year) that’s it’s possible he could earn a second All-Star berth, this time solely on merit.
Matt Weiters, Orioles: At 27, the two-time All-Star appears primed for a big year. He had a strong spring, had a hit in all eight games he had played in this year and was batting .367 through the first week, with two homers.
A.J. Pierzynski, Red Sox: He hasn’t been an All-Star since 2006 and is likely to be overlooked amid several other more obvious All-Star candidates from the world champs. But it’s just fun to imagine the reception the still-unpopular Pierzynski might get if he could make a triumphant All-Star return in front of fans who never fail to boo him.
|Univ of Minnesota||1||FINAL|
|Denver||92||4th Qtr 4:24|
|Detroit||77||3rd Qtr 2:50|
|LA Lakers||84||4th Qtr 7:29|
|Philadelphia||96||4th Qtr 6:31|
|Memphis||100||4th Qtr 0:05|
|Sacramento||49||3rd Qtr 5:48|
|Ottawa||3||3rd Prd 4:11|
|NY Rangers||1||3rd Prd 11:16|
|SE Missouri St||74||FINAL|
|Mount St Marys||58|
|Purdue||50||2nd Half 1:45|
|New Mexico St||69||FINAL|
|Houston||65||1st OT 2:13|
|TCU||32||2nd Half 18:11|
|Miss State||40||2nd Half 16:58|
|Utah State||34||2nd Half 16:19|
|St Johns||34||2nd Half|
|SIU Edwardsville||23||1st Half 2:37|
|Air Force||2||1st Half 19:23|
|Nebraska||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Colorado State||3||1st Half 18:29|
|Boise State||9:00 PM|
|San Jose St|
|San Diego St||10:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara||10:59 PM|
|Coll of Charleston||58||FINAL|
|William & Mary||68|
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