Michael Young becomes 83rd All-Star, replacing Adrian Beltre

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UPDATE: Or, maybe not.
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Adrian Beltre is unavailable for the All-Star game after injuring his hamstring yesterday and Michael Young has been selected to replace him, becoming the 83rd player who gets to say he was an All-Star in 2010.
That sure seems like an incredibly high number, since we’re talking nearly three All-Stars per MLB team and almost three-and-a-half 25-man rosters full of guys at this point. Depending on how you choose to do the math, about 11 percent of players on 25-man rosters have been chosen as All-Stars.
However, as Rob Neyer pointed out even 83 picks is still a smaller portion of the total player pool than was selected as All-Stars in, say, the 1960s. Someone should probably explain that to Tim Salmon, though.

Hideki Matsui thinks Shohei Otani should pitch and hit in MLB

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Yankees’ special advisor and former outfielder Hideki Matsui expects to help the club “convince or recruit” Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani, according to a report from MLB.com’s Deesha Thosar. The Yankees are currently viewed as the favorites to sign Otani, though there still figures to be plenty of competition for his services when he finally becomes eligible to enter Major League Baseball.

Matsui also told Thosar that while he hasn’t seen a player find success as a hybrid pitcher/slugger in the majors, he’s taken notice of Otani’s success in both areas. “He’s done well in Japan, so as a baseball fan I’m looking forward to how he’s going to do here in the Majors and in the U.S.,” Matsui said, later adding, “If [pitching and hitting is] something he wants to do, and the team wants it, then why not?”

Neither the Yankees nor any other suitor should be too concerned with Otani’s ability to translate his .332 batting average and 3.20 ERA to MLB — at least, not just yet. There are still a few roadblocks in his path to the major leagues, most notably the lack of approval from the Players Association. Per FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the union doesn’t want to sign off on an agreement that would give the Nippon Ham Fighters a $20 million posting fee in exchange for Otani’s services. According to the posting system rules, Otani himself would be eligible to receive no more than a $4 million signing bonus.

The good news in all of this? The union agreed to reach a final decision by Monday, November 21, so there’s still a chance Major League Baseball will see the talented two-way player bring his unique skillset to the field in 2018.