Indians general manager Chris Antonetti told Jim Bowden that Carlos Santana will be ready for the start of spring training games.
Before his ugly knee injury he hit .260/.401/.467 with six home runs, 22 RBI and an 868 OPS over his first 192 major league plate appearances. Based on what he did in the minors, he’s going to be a total stud.
And of course, if the Casey Kotchman strategy is actually applied by the Indians’ front office, he’ll probably get blocked by Jason Kendall or someone soon.
As you’ll recall, we have a new All-Star voting system in place this year. It’s a two-tiered system.
The “the Primary,” is underway and runs through June 21. That’s just the regular “vote for whoever you want stuff.” After it’s over, the top three vote-getters at each position will then be placed on a new ballot — “The Starter’s Election” — from which fans will then vote again during a single 28-hour period to decide who starts the All-Star Game. The results of that will be announced on June 27. The bench guys and pitchers and stuff will be chosen as usual, with full rosters announced a couple of days later.
Major League Baseball just gave us an update of who’s leading the primary. The overall leaders at each position break down thusly:
Here are the more extensive leaderboards, with the shaded names belonging to players who, if voting stopped now, would make the second round. First, the American League:
And now the National League:
Vote early, vote often.