Detroit Tigers: Making Sense of the All-Star Omissions

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Jun 22, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) looks on in the dugout before the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 22, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) looks on in the dugout before the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 20, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) is hit by a pitch in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers players have put up some fine individual seasons so far in 2016. However, only one Detroit player made the All-Star team this season—Miguel Cabrera. Ian Kinsler could join him via the Final Vote.

Detroit Tigers players generally tend to go to the All-Star Game in droves. With an offense that is consistently one of baseball’s best and a pitching staff that has featured multiple Cy Young winners, the Tigers usually send a number of players to the event.

This year is apparently different.

Despite a roster featuring many standout performers, the only Tigers player locked into a roster spot for the All-Star Game is Miguel Cabrera. Miggy didn’t snag a starting spot, but he made it as a reserve. With no Detroit players starting, here’s the full American League bench and pitching staff.

Catchers: Stephen Vogt and Matt Wieters.

Infielders: Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Josh Donaldson, Francisco Lindor and Eduardo Nunez.

Outfielders, Carlos Beltran, Ian Desmond and Mark Trumbo.

Designated hitter: Edwin Encarnacion.

Pitchers: Dellin Betances, Brad Brach, Zach Britton, Alex Colome, Wade Davis, Marco Estrada, Cole Hamels, Will Harris, Danny Salazar, Chris Sale and Steven Wright.

That’s right, no Nick Castellanos, no Victor Martinez, no Ian Kinsler, no Francisco Rodriguez and no Michael Fulmer.

Here’s an in-depth look at the omissions.

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