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Eric Hosmer: .312/.385/.524, 1,101,738 votes
Right now, Eric Hosmer finds himself second in the first base vote to some player named Miguel Cabrera. I mean, it’s not like Hosmer is trailing one of the better players in baseball over the last few years….wait, scratch this paragraph.
While Hosmer is enjoying a breakout season this year, hitting seven home runs while playing his typical Gold Glove caliber defense at first, Cabrera is still doing what he normally does to a baseball. His lifelong vendetta against the spheroid has continued this season, as Cabrera is punishing baseballs to the tune of a .344/.446/.613 batting line, hitting eleven home runs and nine doubles. He is certainly impressive to watch, even if he is a Tiger.
It would be great to see Hosmer make the All-Star Game this year. He has become known for his tremendous defense, and his solid postseason put him on the map heading into this year. Hosmer has carried over that solid October, and is currently on pace for what would be a career year to this point. It would be great to see that excellence rewarded with a trip to Cincinnati in July.
Eric Hosmer trails Miguel Cabrera by only 245,613 votes, making the race to be the starting first baseman in the All-Star Game the closest in the American League. Although Hosmer deserves to get there, it still seems unlikely that he would dislodge one of the better players in baseball for the start. However, you never know….
Chances of starting: Low, but not out of the realm of possibility
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