That was a joke. The joke is that this is not a shock at all. It was obvious those two would be the Twins’s all-stars.
The less obvious part, I guess, is the fact Sano LOST the fan vote as the starting third baseman for the American League. He HAD been leading for weeks, but apparently Cleveland fans—who don’t even show up to their own ballpark—don’t have jobs and sat around voting for rookie Jose Ramirez all day in the final week, so Sano lost out. I know Ramirez has put up pretty good numbers, but the All-Star Game literally doesn’t determine anything anymore so I can be mad about this!!!!
In case you were wondering, the last Twins position player to be voted into the All-Star Game was Joe Mauer at catcher in 2013. The last Twins third baseman to be voted in was Harmon Killebrew in 1970.
Sano still made it as a reserve player (AFTER Josh Donaldson, which is crap) and will still be participating in the Home Run Derby this year. I almost wish he wasn’t now, though. JUST DO IT KENT HRBEK STYLE AND BOYCOTT THE WHOLE THING!!!
Fans can’t vote for pitchers, of course, so they couldn’t mess up the selection of Ervin Santana. Santana had been leading the league in ERA for awhile, but his 3.07 ERA now just ranks twelfth. Still, it’s a fine selection. It’s his second time going to the All-Star Game. He went once before in 2008 as a member of the Angels.
Still.... in the words of Kent Hrbek, this is junk.