Give it to
As much as I like the work of the Rangers'
It's not like you're adding a stiff. Broxton has 20 saves in 23 opportunities and a 2.05 ERA. Right now, designated hitter
Wouldn't it be great if Broxton came in to save the game with the fans in Kansas City going bonkers? Vote Broxton.
Jake Peavy should be an All-Star. I'd also love to see Yu Darvish in the
Ideally, Darvish and Peavy could have gone, but
In terms of the most telling stats, like ERA and WHIP, Peavy has been better than either Darvish or Harrison. He's getting a bad deal going head-to-head with Darvish, who will get tremendous support from online voters in Japan.
If not for a recent lack of run support and two blown saves, Peavy would have been named to the team Sunday. He should have been, anyway.
Darvish making impact
When voting for the final spot on both the American and National League rosters, fans must take two important factors into account.
First, the choice should be based upon what each of the final five players have done in the first half of the season to help their own teams push toward a second-half pennant chase.
Second, consider the unique traits that make baseball's midsummer classic special: the mixing of tradition and innovation, the combination of up-and-comers and aging stars.
Taking both factors into account, Yu Darvish deserves the AL nod. The rookie has more wins and strikeouts than any of his final five competitors, and his team has a commanding division lead.
See what Darvish can do
For the sake of bringing more attention to the game, I'd select Texas starting pitcher Yu Darvish with my Final Vote.
Darvish has a 10-5 record with a 3.59 earned-run average in what's effectively his rookie MLB season after starring in the Japanese League. The right-hander has helped the Rangers maintain a first-half chokehold on first place in the
Jonathan Broxton struggled with his previous All-Star chance.
Let's see what Darvish can do.