All-Star Game Final Vote: Who should you support in AL and NL?
Fans who haven't gotten enough of stuffing the virtual ballot box on behalf of their favorite potential All-Stars have one more means of doing so. Via the Final Vote balloting, one space on each league's already-swollen 34-man roster has been reserved for the winner from among five candidates. Via land, sea or air—or actually web browser, text message or Twitter—voters can express their preferences between now and Friday at 4 pm Eastern time. Here's a quick rundown of the five candidates in each league, as well as my pick for who should be the choice for the AL and NL.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, Tigers
Season Stats: .293/.352/.496 (127 OPS+), 16 HR, 52 RBIs
The perennially underrated Kinsler is amid one of the strongest offensive seasons of his career: His OPS+ is his highest since 2008, and he's on pace to hit more homers than in any year since '01, when he bopped a career-high 32; he hasn't hit more than 19 in a season since. His OPS+ and 3.2 Wins Above Replacement (Baseball-Reference.com version) both rank third among AL second-sackers behind the already-selected Jose Altuve (4.6) and Robinson Cano (4.1). It's not like this season is out of nowhere, either: Kinsler's 16.7 WAR from 2013 to '15 trails only Cano among all MLB second basemen, though he's made just one other All-Star team in that span.
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