The latest update of the American League All-Star voting is in and it reveals three new names at the top of their respective positions.
Yonder Alonso of the A’s has moved ahead of Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers for first place in a crowded first base race. At shortstop Carlos Correa of the Astros has passed Francisco Lindor of the Indians at shortstop. Finally, George Springer has moved into third place among outfielders, joining Aaron Judge and Mike Trout in starting position. Of course Trout is unlikely to be ready to play in the All-Star Game due to his injury, which makes fourth place outfielder Michael Brantly a defacto starter.
Obviously, things can change before the close of voting. But here is where the AL stands now:
ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.
O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”
“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.
O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.
He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.
O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.
He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.