April 25, 2014

Asdrubal Cabrera and Chris Perez make AL All-Star team, Jason Kipnis snubbed

Major League Baseball announced the 2012 All-Stars on Sunday afternoon and the Indians netted two representatives, closer Chris Perez and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

Perez is tied for the AL lead in saves with 23 (in 24 tries) and Cabrera is batting .296 with 11 HR and 40 RBI while playing stellar defense at shortstop.

However, it is fairly surprising that Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis didn’t make the roster, as he’s batting .275 (OPS .786), leads all AL second basemen in stolen bases (19) and RBI (46) and his 11 home runs is second among all AL second basemen (trailing Robinson Cano’s 19).

Even more surprising was that was Kipnis was also snubbed from MLB’s Final Vote in favor of pitchers Jonathan Broxton (Kansas City), Yu Darvish (Texas), Ernesto Frieri (Anaheim Los Angeles), Jason Hammel (Baltimore) and Jake Peavy (Chicago).

[Related: Chris Perez Questions Loyalty to Browns, Opposition of LeBron]

  • @wes_ryan_

    a real shame for Kip. i haven’t seen who made it over him, i’m guessing Cano and Kinsler.. what’s interesting is that they probably could have gotten away with putting Adrus in over Asdrubal. we can only hope he gets in after an injury or the like. remember Jeter passed on playing plat year. “so you’re tellin me there’s a chance!” go tribe.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Indians got the two guys who most deserved it. Kipnis’s time will come if he continues to produce. Hopefully Perez doesn’t get interviewed that much I’ve heard enough from him.

  • saggy

    can’t disagree more. you must be a Larry Brown fan. if a guy deserves it, he deserves it regardless of how long he’s been in the league. Rememebr LeBron’s rookie year? he DESERVED to be an all-star but people used the “he’ll have more chances” rationale. dumb. Kipnis is the best all-around 2B in the league already.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I like Kipnis as much as the next guy but I’m sorry he’s not the best all-around 2b in the league at all.

  • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

    I agree. Kipnis will get in. With these fan votes, especially if you play in a small market, you have to kind of show up for a couple of years before people know who you are. It sucks but that is the way it is sometimes.

  • nj0

    All-Star game voting is stupid.