The Detroit Tigers will be well represented at this year’s mid summer’s classic in Queens, New York.
Six Tigers in total were selected to represent the American League squad as this year’s game may hold a little more significance for fans given the Tigers being favorites to make another trip to the World Series this season.
For the first time in his career Miguel Cabrera will start the game being voted on by the fans to play third base when the opening pitch is thrown. This perhaps made possible not only because he’s arguably the best player in the game but also Alex Rodriguez has been injured the entire season. It also helps that A-Rod may also be one of the most hated players in the league even among his own Yankee fans.
Regardless Cabrera will be joined by fellow teammates Torii Hunter, Prince Fielder and Jhonny Peralta who were selected as reserves. Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander will also join the AL pitching staff while reliever Joaquin Benoit was picked as one of the final five players that fans can vote on leading up to the game.
And before you think AL manager Jim Leyland is going out of his way to select his own players think again.
Danny Knobler of CBS Sports points out that the only Tiger that Jim Leyland actually selected was Justin Verlander (who more than likely won’t even pitch) and selected Benoit among the final five. Cabrera was selected by the fans while the reserves were picked by the players. Essentially the managers are responsible for filling the final spots on the rosters after the fans and players have their say writes Knobler.