Franklin celebrates 10 All-Stars


The rosters for the 84th MLB All-Star Game have been announced and 10 Franklin Pros made the cut. This year’s All-Star Game at Citi Field in Queens, New York, home of the Mets, marks the first time some of these Franklin Pros have been invited to the midsummer classic while other savvy Franklin veterans have made their All-Star invitation routine.

Of the 10 Franklin Pros heading to the Big Apple, six hail from the American League and four are suiting up in a National League jersey. A total of five were voted All-Star starters by the fans while the remaining five were selected by MLB managers.

American League Starters

Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Detroit Tigers:   Miggy continues to smack the stitching off baseballs and is on track to record his best statistical season to date. Coming off his Triple Crown season in 2012 Cabrera was voted to start in his first All-Star Game by the fans – he has attended seven previous All-Star Games as a reserve. Cabrera is currently leading the MLB in batting average (.364), RBIs (90), runs (68), hits (125), total bases (231), on-base percentage (.477) and OPS (1.130) and he ranks second in the MLB in home runs with 28.  

J.J Hardy, SS, Baltimore Orioles: Hardy is making his second appearance to the All-Star Game, this time representing the American League. The O’s shortstop has recorded 87 hits, 16 doubles, 15 home runs, 46 RBIs and a .254/.294/.433 batting line in 90 games so far this season

David Ortiz, DH, Boston Red Sox:  Big Papi has overcome an Achilles’ tendon injury and has been named to his ninth All-Star Game. The Red Sox leader has recorded 84 hits, 19 doubles, 17 home runs, 61 RBIs and a .318/.405/.598 batting line since returning from injury on April 20 this year. 

American League Reserves
Salvador Perez, C, Kansas Royals:  In just his third season, Perez has made quite an impression on opposing managers voting for reserve spots. The young catcher has recorded a .296/.320/.412 batting line with 79 hits in 72 games.  

Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox: Pedroia joins Ortiz as the only Red Sox on the AL roster. The do-it-all second baseman has recorded 112 hits in 90 games with 30 extra base hits and 13 stolen bases. Pedroia has also recorded 50 RBIs to date – he had 65 RBIs all of last season. 
Jhonny Peralta, SS/3B, Detroit Tigers: Peralta is attending his second All-Star Game with midseason totals of 97 hits, 31 extra base hits, 42 RBIs and a .304/.360/.445 batting line. 

National League Starters  

Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals: Molina has been selected to appear in his fifth consecutive All-Star Game. The Cardinals versatile catcher has always shown flash protecting the plate and gunning down runners but his bat is starting to improve this season. Through 81 games Molina has totaled 106 hits, 32 extra base hits, 45 RBI’s and a .346/.388/.490 batting line – .346 being the best batting average in his career. 
Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds: Molina isn’t the only National Leaguer riding a consecutive All-Star appearance – 2013 marks the fourth straight year Votto has attended the Midsummer Classic. The Reds power hitter has recorded 107 hits, 15 home runs, 40 RBI’s, a MLB-leading 63 walks and a .320/.430/.509 batting line through 89 games this season. 
National League Reserves  

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks: The brawny Diamondback is making his first appearance in a MLB All-Star Game with stoutly numbers to boast. Goldschmidt has 103 hits, 21 home runs and 74 RBI’s – third most in the MLB. Not to mention a .310/.389/.563 batting line.  
Marco Scutaro, 2B, San Francisco Giants: The 12-year MLB veteran is making his first appearance in an All-Star Game putting together a solid first half to the 2013 season. Scutaro has recorded 90 hits, 21 extra base hits, 19 RBI’s and a .310/.363/.403 batting line.