Unlikely But Worthy All-Stars for the Seattle Mariners
So far Robinson Cano leads in the All-Star voting for second basemen, but I think some people believe that more Mariners should be All-Stars than just Cano.
For a good example, take Kyle Seager. Seager began the 2014 season hitting only .156 through the first 20 games. But since his big day against the Houston Astros where he hit two home runs including a walk off 3-run shot, he’s gone 56/181.
That’s an impressive .309 batting average with 10 home runs and 43 runs batted in, and yet Seager has been over looked by other third basemen like John Donaldson, Adrian Beltre, Miguel Cabrera, and Evan Longoria.
Seager will be an All-Star someday but not this year sadly.
Another potential All-Star that probably is not even getting looked at by anyone except for Mariners fans is the rookie Dominic Leone.
Leone has Hector Noesi to thank for him getting the call up. The Mariners were finally sick of Noesi after he gave up a walk off homer to the Oakland A’s.
Since his call up Leone has been almost unhittable. Leone has appeared in 25 games, 30.1 innings, has a 2-0 record, and he has struck out 33 batters. That’s damn impressive if you ask me.
Leone could possibly be the Mariners closer someday after Fernando Rodney‘s contract is up or they could make him a starter.
Leone is probably the most likely All-Star for the Mariners besides Cano, Felix Hernandez, and Hisashi Iwakuma. If you ask me both Seager and Leone will get overlooked because of the fact that they play for Seattle.
Last year Yasiel Puig came close to making the All-Star game but was edged by Freddie Freeman.
So there is a player like Puig right now playing for the Mariners. He may not have the power but he does have the talent to be a possible write-in for the All-Star Game.
That player is James “Vader” Jones. Jonesy has been nothing but a surprise and a joy to watch play everyday since getting called up for Abraham Almonte.
Jones has batted .291 with 11 stolen bases since getting the permanent call up in May. Jones is the future for the Mariners and will be a joy to watch go out and play in seasons to come. For now, he’s the player to watch for as a write-in for the All-Star Game (even though no one will probably write him in).
All these players, Cano, Leone, Felix, Kuma, Jones, and possibly Rodney could represent the Mariners at the All-Star Game if they continue to play well and get other baseball fans to look at the Mariners as well.