The Sunday Read: Rangers loaded with All-Star candidates even without Seager, deGrom
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Good morning, Rangers fans. Your favorite team has the second-best record in baseball and has the best record through 51 games in club history.
The Rangers have the best run differential (+124) in the majors. Their second baseman is an MVP candidate. Their right fielder leads the majors in RBIs. They had the American League Rookie of the Month in April and could have the AL Pitcher of the Month in May.
But the Rangers run much deeper than four players. They have several players with a case for the AL squad for the July 11 game at T Mobile Park in Seattle.
It’s time to find out if anyone else is paying attention.
Voting for the 2023 All-Star Game begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The second phase, featuring a pared-down field, begins at 11 a.m. June 22. The All-Star Selection Show is scheduled for July 2.
The best teams often have the most All-Stars, though that’s not always represented in the fan vote. The players know, though, and their votes will be counted as well.
That’s not to say the Rangers will have the most All-Stars, but as one of the best teams, they should have more than the two they had last year — left-hander Martin Perez and shortstop Corey Seager.
Seager and Jacob deGrom, the Rangers’ two most likely candidates at the start of the season, have missed too much time to be All-Stars — unless Seager were to win the fan vote.
So, who are the Rangers’ best candidates? Let’s have a look.