When you win back-to-back American League championships and have a loaded lineup, you tend to get a lot of recognition. In the past, the American League all-star team has been dominated by New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox players, due to the flawed system of having fan vote decide the starting lineups for a game that determines who has home field in the World Series.
Numbers mean nothing when it comes to being a starter, no number except for fan votes, that is.
And right now, the Rangers are in pretty good shape to have a lot of representation at the All-Star Game in Kansas City on July 10. The first round of voting numbers were released on Tuesday and if the voting ended now, Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Mike Napoli, Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre would all be starting in the game.
Elvis Andrus is currently the second-leading vote getter at shortstop while Michael Young is No. 2 at designated hitter.
Of course, there is one Ranger who is an absolute lock to be announced with the starters in Kansas City, and that's manager Ron Washington, who will manage the AL team for the second straight year as a the skipper of the AL representative in the previous year's World Series.
He also gets to choose the pitching staff, which would you lead you to believe guys like Joe Nathan, Alexi Ogando and Mike Adams might be on the roster, as well as AL Rookie of the Year contender Yu Darvish, who said he doesn't believe he's pitched like an All-Star this year. But with all due respect, Yu is crazy in that regard.