For the first time since 2004, the Cleveland Indians are sending five players to the MLB All-Star Game.
Jose Ramirez was voted the third base starter for the American League by fans. Francisco Lindor, Michael Brantley and Andrew Miller were selected via the player vote, while Corey Kluber was chosen by the commissioner’s office.
Ramirez was voted into his first All-Star Game after making up over 400,000 votes in 10 days. According to the Indians, Ramirez is the first position player for Cleveland to earn a starting position in the All-Star Game since Juan Gonzalez did it in 2001.
He is also the Tribe’s youngest fan-voted starter since Sandy Alomar in 1990, and the first Indians’ third baseman since Travis Fryman in 2000.
Ramirez is currently batting .319 with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs. He also leads the American League in extra-base hits.
Thank you Cleveland!!!
I'm just a kid from the Dominican Republic ??
— Jose Ramirez (@MrLapara) July 2, 2017
Brantley will make the second All-Star appearance of his career, and is currently batting .304, directly behind Ramirez for second place on the team.
Also making his second All-Star appearance is Lindor, who currently has 79 hits, 38 RBIs and 14 homers.
According to the Indians, Miller will be making his second All-Star appearance as the first lefty Indians reliever since 1979. Miller currently has a 3-2 record with a 1.49 ERA.
Kluber had arguably the hottest month of any pitcher in baseball. After coming off the disabled list on June 1, he went 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA while striking out 64 batters in 43 innings.
Over the last four outings, Kluber has notched double-digit strikeouts, tying a club record with Bob Feller for most consecutive double-digit strikeout games. Kluber has a 7-2 record overall with a 3.02 ERA in 2017.
The American League All-Stars will be managed by Indians’ skipper Terry Francona. The All-Star Game will happen a week from Tuesday on July 11 in Miami.