Despite having played in only 36 games this season, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is neck-and-neck with the Twins’ Miguel Sano and the Indians’ Jose Ramirez in All-Star voting. According to MLB.com’s Joe Trezza, Donaldson trails Sano by a little over 93,000 votes and Ramirez by less than 60,000.
Blue Jays play-by-play broadcaster Mike Wilner spoke to Donaldson about his All-Star candidacy and the 2015 AL MVP was candid. He said, “I’m not an All-Star, look at my numbers.”
Donaldson has hit .265/.366/.508 with eight home runs and 20 RBI in 153 plate appearances. Comparatively, Ramirez and Sano have been to the plate twice as often. Ramirez has hit .322/.377/.557 with 12 home runs, 36 RBI, and nine stolen bases while Sano has hit .274/.375/.548 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI.
Of course, since fans are voting, this is not a meritocracy; it’s a popularity contest. If Donaldson gets a strong late push, he very well could be starting for the American League at third base in the All-Star Game.
KTAR News is reporting that Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested on Thursday morning for driving faster than 100 MPH, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding.
The maximum sentence for a criminal speeding charge is up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500. It is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor. Tomas may also have his license suspended.
A Diamondbacks spokesperson said, “We are very disappointed to learn of this news. We are still gathering facts, and will refrain from further comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter.”
Tomas, 27, signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December 2014 as an amateur free agent out of Cuba. He has mostly disappointed, owning a .769 OPS while playing subpar defense in the outfield as well as at third base, where the club briefly tried him. He battled a groin injury for most of the past season and ultimately underwent core muscle surgery in August.