Cabrera is only Tigers All-Star; Kinsler in Final Vote

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

With a payroll of nearly $200 million and World Series aspirations, the Tigers haven’t come close to living up to their expectations.

On Tuesday, the rest of Major League Baseball and its fans also sent the roller-coaster Tigers a resounding message — naming only first baseman Miguel Cabrera t the American League All-Star team.

The Tigers, though could have another representative after second baseman Ian Kinsler was named to the Final Vote against Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox), Evan Longoria (Rays), Michael Saunders (Blue Jays), and George Springer (Astros). Fans can vote on MLB.com.

Kinsler, whom ESPN’s Buster Olney called the AL’s biggest snub, faces a tall task, given the impressive voting bloc of Red Sox fans that selected four players to start the All-Star Game next Tuesday at Petco Park in San Diego.

“He just does a lot of great things every day,” Olney said of Kinsler.

If Kinsler doesn’t make it, the Tigers will have one All-Star for the first time since 2008 (Carlos Guillen).

The last seven seasons, the Tigers never had fewer than three All-Stars, and since 2004, they’ve averaged more than three.

That came after a rotten stretch of baseball from 1995-2003, when the Tigers had one representative each year, including current manager Brad Ausmus in 1999.

Others Tigers players who had solid resumes but were not selected include third baseman Nick Castellanos, designated hitter Victor Martinez, closer Francisco Rodriguez and rookie starting pitcher Michael Fulmer.

Castellanos (15 homers, 45 RBIs, 1.5 WAR) and Kinsler (16 homers, 52 RBIs, 3.0 WAR) were victims at solid competition at their respective positions.

Kinsler lost to starter Jose Altuve, an MVP candidate with the Astros, and Robinson Cano of the Mariners.

Castellanos was left looking up at starter Manny Machado of the Orioles, reigning MVP Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers, and Longoria.

Rodriguez was up against an AL loaded with quality closers.

Martinez lost to Boston’s David Ortiz.

As for Fulmer, Tigers officials probably are breathing a sigh of relief he wasn’t picked despite his current run of eight consecutive starts of allowing one earned run or fewer.

Detroit officials are trying to limit his workload in the second half of thye season.

Cabrera has 18 home runs, matching his total from last season. This will be his 11th All-Star Game in 14 seasons, and his seventh in nine seasons with the Tigers.

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All-Star Game

First pitch: 8 p.m Tuesday, Petco Park, San Diego

TV: Fox

American League

Pitchers

Dellin Betances, Yankees

Brad Brach, Orioles

Zach Britton, Orioles

Alex Colome, Rays

Wade Davis, Royals*

Marco Estrada, Blue Jays

Cole Hamels, Rangers

Will Harris, Astros

Kelvin Herrera, Royals

Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox

Andrew Miller, Yankees

Danny Salazar, Indians

Chris Sale, White Sox

Steven Wright, Red Sox

Catchers

x-Salvador Perez, Royals

Stephen Vogt, A's

Matt Wieters, Orioles

Infielders

x-Jose Altuve, Astros

x-Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

Robinson Cano, Mariners

Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays

x-Eric Hosmer, Royals

Francisco Lindor, Indians

x-Manny Machado, Orioles

Eduardo Nunez, Twins

Outfielders

Carlos Beltran, Yankees

x-Mookie Betts, Red Sox

x-Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox

Ian Desmond, Rangers

x-Mike Trout, Angels

Mark Trumbo, Orioles

Designated hitters

Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays

x-David Ortiz, Red Sox

National League

Pitchers

Jake Arrieta, Cubs

Madison Bumgarner, Giants

Johnny Cueto, Giants

Jeurys Familia, Mets

Jose Fernandez, Marlins

Kenley Jansen, Dodgers

Jon Lester, Cubs

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers*

Mark Melancon, Pirates

A.J. Ramos, Marlins

Fernando Rodney, Marlins

Stephen Strasburg, Nationals

Noah Syndergaard, Mets

Julio Teheran, Braves

Catchers

Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers

x-Buster Posey, Giants

Wilson Ramos, Nationals

Infielders

Nolan Arenado, Rockies

x-Kris Bryant, Cubs

Matt Carpenter, Cardinals

Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks

Daniel Murphy, Nationals

Wil Myers, Padres

x-Anthony Rizzo, Cubs

x-Addison Russell, Cubs

Corey Seager, Dodgers

x-Ben Zobrist, Cubs

Outfielders

x-Yoenix Cespedes, Mets

Adam Duvall, Reds

x-Dexter Fowler, Cubs

Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies

x-Bryce Harper, Nationals

Odubel Herrera, Phillies

Marcell Ozuna, Marlins

x-starter; * inactive

Final Vote candidates

Voting ends at 4 p.m. Friday

American League

Ian Kinsler, Tigers

Evan Longoria, Rays

Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox

Michael Saunders, Blue Jays

George Springer, Astros

National League

Brandon Belt, Giants

Ryan Braun, Brewers

Jake Lamb, Diamondbacks

Starling Marte, Pirates

Trevor Story, Rockies