What if I told you that on a good day the Indians could field an All-star first basemen, second basemen, shortstop, centerfielder, and starting pitcher. As hard as it is to believe, Nick Swisher, Jason Kipnis, Asdrubal Cabrera, Michael Bourn, and Justin Masterson have all played in an All-star game. The way Major League baseball works is that every team has to have a representative at the All-star game, whether or not that player or team is worthy. In 2013, the Indians sent two players, Jason Kipnis and Justin Masterson to the All-star game. As disappointing as many of the Tribe players have been there are some deserving to a trip to Minneapolis.

 
The Sure-fire All-star:
Michael Brantley
Brantley is currently the only Indian who appears in the All-star voting (6th place among outfielders). This is unfortunate because Dr. Smooth should be the starting leftfielder for the AL at the All-star game. Brantley has the 3rd highest offensive WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of any player in the AL. He also ranks among the top ten in many offensive categories such as batting average, on-base %, slugging, OPS, runs, hits, total bases, doubles, and RBI’s.

The Fringe All-star’s:
Lonnie Chisenhall
Lonnie “Who loves to play baseball” Chisenhall put his name into the All-star conversation with a 5-5, 3-HR, 9-RBI night on June 9th. The odds are in Chisenhall’s favor, as he would currently lead the AL in batting average, but is 14 plate appearances shy of qualifying. The last player to lead the league in batting average and not make the All-star game was Bill Mueller in 2003.

Corey Kluber
Kluber’s month of May alone should be able to get him to Minnesota for the midsummer classic. In May, Kluber post a 5-1 record with a 2.09 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 43 innings. On the season Kluber ranks 6th in the AL in strikeouts.

The Wait till next year All-star’s:
Yan Gomes
In his first full year in the MLB, the Yanimal currently ranks as the 4th best catcher in the AL and the 3rd best defensive catcher in the AL. At the age of 26, Yan Gomes can expect to see a few All-star games in the future at a position that boasts very few big names.

Cody Allen
Cody Allen has been the closer in waiting for some time with the Cleveland Indians. After the downfall of John Axford, Allen has brought stability to the back end of the bullpen. His power arm is the kind that the All-star game attracts.

The Remember when I was an All-star All-star’s:
Jason Kipnis
After a breakout 2013, which included an All-star appearance, Kipnis has suffered a season long slump in 2014. Partially attributed to a month long stay on the DL, Kipnis has yet to prove he can play consistently for a full season.

Michael Bourn
When Bourn was signed in February of 2013, the Tribe thought they were getting an elite centerfielder who could change the game with his speed. Instead, they got a leadoff man who can’t get on base and strikeouts way too much; not to mention he seems to forgotten how to play defense.

Asdrubal Cabrera
The starting shortstop for the AL at the 2011 All-star game, Cabrera also can’t recall how to field his position. Fans have been waiting for the Tribe to trade Cabrera since 2012. Instead, the Tribe missed the train and Cabrera has lost all his value on the market and the Tribe is most likely stuck with him till the off-season.

Justin Masterson
2014 demonstrates perfectly why the Indians decided against giving Masterson a long-term contract. He is capable of pitching lights out, like in 2011 and 2013 where his ERA was 3.21 and 3.45. However, he can also pitch with no knowledge of the strike-zone like in 2012 and 2014, where his ERA has been 4.93 and 4.75.

The Shouldn’t be on the Ballot All-star’s:
Nick Swisher
They are paying the man $15 million to hit .198. Only three more years left on his contract.

Ryan Raburn
Raburn currently ranks as the 4th worst player in the AL, with a WAR of -1.1. Meaning that Raburn has actually cost the Tribe one whole win, where as Michael Brantley has a WAR of 3.0 and has won three games by himself.

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