It's All-Star selection day: Will Evan Longoria be Rays' rep?
The teams for the July 12 All-Star game will be announced tonight, and 3B Evan Longoria is the most likely — and most deserving — candidate from the Rays.
"I don't have any doubt," manager Kevin Cash said. "We get to watch him play every day. He's got a ton of big hits. His stats speak for themselves. The plays, the way he's played defensively. I don't know if how you lead a club goes into All-Star voting, I don't think it does, but what he's done here in some difficult circumstances has been pretty impressive.''
But the selection process is somewhat clunky, a three-part production where starters are voted in b the fans, reserves and pitchers by the players and the remaining spots — just seven, and five are likely to be pitchers — named by AL / Royals manager Ned Yost.
And that's why it could get messy for Longoria, if RHP Alex Colome were voted in by the players, or if Colome or 2B Logan Forsythe were considered better fits by Yost.
Longoria is hitting .278 with 18 homers and 45 RBIs, stats that compare favorably with the best of the AL third basemen.
He is excited about possibility of making his fourth All-Star appearance, though his first since 2010.
"It's a tremendous honor to be the representative of the ball club, and it's been a while, so it would be cool," Longoria said. "And especially being back in (his native southern) California, too. I assume my family would make the drive down. So it would be a nice event."
Each team is required to be represented. Colome is expected to be activated off the DL today.