Finally Miggy's turn to be voted as an All-Star Game starter?
Miguel Cabrera might finally be voted to start in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
And all it took was the first Triple Crown season in 45 years.
Miguel Cabrera, always the bridesmaid in the All-Star Game voting, leads all American League vote-getters after the first ballot update released by Major League Baseball on Monday. He has accumulated 1.5 million votes through Monday, more than double the next closest third baseman (Baltimore's Manny Machado — 723,943 votes), and nearly 260,000 more than the next closest in total votes (New York second baseman Robinson Cano — 1,235,230).
Cabrera went to the 2010 and 2011 All-Star Games as a first baseman with the Tigers, and was a reserve on last year's team as a third baseman. He also was a member of four National League All-Star teams as a member of the Marlins, two as an outfielder, two as a third baseman. The only time he started, however, was in 2010, as an injury replacement for Minnesota's Justin Morneau.
He was also named American League Player of the Month for May on Monday, the third time in his career he's earned POM honors (July 2008, August 2012).
Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter is the only of Cabrera's teammates to be in line to start the All-Star Game after the first update. His 761,937 votes place him third among outfielders, behind the Angels' Mike Trout (1,190,676) and Baltimore's Adam Jones (1,181,875). Hunter is a four-time AL All-Star, the last time in 2010 with the Angels.
Teammate Austin Jackson ranks 11th among outfielders with 400,019 votes.
Prince Fielder (1,059,300) is second in the voting at first base, trailing Baltimore's Chris Davis (1,176,016). Fielder is a four-time All-Star (2007, 2009, 2011 in NL, 2012 in AL), starting last year's game in his first season with the Tigers.
Omar Infante (417,333) is fourth in the voting for AL second basemen, trailing Cano, Texas' Ian Kinsler (656,827) and Boston's Dustin Pedroia (642,419). Infante's only All-Star appearance was in 2010 with Atlanta.
Jhonny Peralta (540,581) is third among AL shortstops, behind Texas' Elvis Andrus (727,555) and Baltimore's J.J. Hardy (717,303). Peralta's only All-Star appearance was in 2011, as a replacement for the injured Derek Jeter.