Writers from around Tribune Co. reveal which of the five choices — Jonathan Broxton, Yu Darvish, Ernesto Frieri, Jason Hammel or Jake Peavy — they think should get the fans’ vote to make the American League All-Star roster.
Ron Fritz, Baltimore Sun
As much as I like the work of the Rangers’ Yu Darvish and the Orioles’ Jason Hammel, both in their first seasons in the American League, let’s give this one to the home team. I’d put Royals closer Jonathan Broxton on the team with the game being played in Kansas City this year.
Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune
Jake Peavy should be an All-Star, and I’d love to see Yu Darvish, who’s been everything the Rangers hoped he would be, in the All-Star game. Ideally, Darvish and Peavy could have gone but Ron Washington engineered the choices in such a way to almost guarantee that he’d get two of his starters (11-game winner Matt Harrison and Darvish) onto the team.
In terms of the most telling stats, such as ERA and WHIP, Peavy has been better than either Darvish or Harrison. He’s getting a bad deal in having to go head-to-head with Darvish, who will get tremendous support from online voters in Japan.