Michael Young is going back for the 5th straight year. Josh Hamilton will start in center. Milton Bradley will start at DH. Ian Kinsler will make his first trip as a reserve second baseman.
Here’s more a more indepth take about their All Star selection and why players think more of the Rangers fantastic four than baseball fans. This is from Jamey Newberg of www.newbergreport.com.
Hamilton — the only one voted in as a starter — and Ian Kinsler, Michael
Young, and Milton Bradley, each of whom led the player vote. Notably, it’s
the first time the Rangers will have four position players go.
The significant thing about the player vote with regard to Kinsler, Young,
and Bradley is that they actually received more votes from their peers than
the players who will start received. Kinsler earned 389 player votes,
Dustin Pedroia 215; Young 470, Derek Jeter 463; Bradley 481, nobody else
Stated another way, if the players voted for the lineups rather than the
fans, Texas would have four players in the starting nine.
It’s the first All-Star Game for all but Young, who will make his fifth
Hamilton outdistanced Manny Ramirez late to end up with the lead in the
outfielders’ vote, and only Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter received more
votes than Hamilton among American League players.
As for Kinsler, he finished a very slim 34,243 votes behind Pedroia.
Kinsler received 98.6 percent as many fan votes as Pedroia.
Rangers medical director and head trainer Jamie Reed will go to the All-Star
Game as well. It will be his second appearance.