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Werth Is an All-Star


werth 071009.jpgCharlie Manuel
has picked Jayson Werth to replace Carlos Beltran on the National League All-Star team.

Wow.

I wrote last night that Werth deserved serious consideration for the spot, but I never thought it would happen. From what I understood, Manuel and the league would pick Beltran’s replacement. While Werth is hitting .268 with 20 homers, 54 RBIs and 12 stolen bases, I thought the league would steer Manuel in a different direction because the Phillies already have outfielders Raul Ibanez and Shane Victorino on the NL roster. I figured Beltran’s replacement would come from a trio of Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (.328, 13 homers, 48 RBIs), Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (.319, 10, 46, 19 stolen bases) and Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds (.262, 24, 62, 15 stolen bases).

Manuel had more pull than I thought.

The Phillies are sending five players to the All-Star Game: Ibanez, Victorino, Werth, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. The last time the Phillies sent five players to the All-Star Game was 1995, when they sent Darren Daulton, Lenny Dykstra, Tyler Green, Mickey Morandini and Heathcliff Slocumb. They also sent five players in 1976, 1979 and 1981.

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The last time a team sent three outfielders to the All-Star Game? The 1995 Cleveland Indians, who sent Albert Belle, Kenny Lofton and Manny Ramirez.

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Victorino Is In Second Place In Final Vote


victorino 060307.jpgThis is a surprise.

Shane Victorino is trailing San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval in the National League’s Final Vote for the final NL All-Star roster spot. Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds and Washington’s Cristian Guzman trail Sandoval and Victorino.

I said last night that I thought it would be a two-horse race between Victorino and Kemp because Reynolds and Guzman won’t have the fan support and because Sandoval might not have enough name recognition outside the NL West.

So, naturally, Sandoval leads.

Fans can vote until 4 p.m. ET Thursday at MLB.com. Updates are expected daily.

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Raul Ibanez went 0-for-2 with a walk and run scored in a rehab appearance for Double-A Reading. He made only one play in left field, but came out of the day OK. Reading hits the road tomorrow, which means Ibanez could continue his rehab assignment tomorrow with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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The Phillies have optioned left-hander Jack Taschner to Lehigh Valley.

The Phillies designated him for assignment Friday. They explored opportunities for him to pitch elsewhere in the Majors, but once they could not find one they optioned him instead. The Phillies could have outrighted him to the Minors, but because he has more than three years of service time that would have meant taking him off the 40-man roster. If they had done that, Taschner could have declared for free agency.

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Your Phillies All-Stars Are …



howard 0609.jpgChase Utley
and Raul Ibanez officially have been named starters for the National League All-Star team.

This is Utley’s fourth consecutive All-Star appearance.

This is Ibanez’s first.

Still waiting on the reserves.

Update: Ryan Howard has been named a reserve. Charlie Manuel is bringing four first basemen to St. Louis: Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Adrian Gonzalez and Howard.

Shane Victorino has been named to the Final Vote ballot, which means he can make the NL All-Star team.

His challengers are Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman, Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds, Giants first baseman Pablo Sandoval and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.

In my opinion, it’s a two-man race between Victorino and Kemp. I just don’t see the fan support there for Guzman, Reynolds or Sandoval.

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Who Will Manuel Take to the All-Star Game?


howard derby.jpgCharlie Manuel
is a powerful man these days.

As manager of the National League All-Star team, he makes eight selections to the 33-player roster. And he made no bones before tonight’s game against the Braves that he is partial to his own players.

“I’ll be the first guy to tell you that,” he said. “Everything that I’ve gotten out of us winning … I’ve got a World Series ring, and everything I’ve got was because our guys played good and they won. If you want to call me a player’s manager, I think I am because I think the players definitely have everything to do with it. I think good players make a good manager. I think good players can play over some of the mistakes a manager can make.”

We know Raul Ibanez and Chase Utley will be starters at their respective positions. They have commanding leads in fan voting.

But which other Phillies could go?

“If you ask me who I would vote for or pick, anytime I could pick one of my players definitely I’m in favor of that,” Manuel said. “But at the same time, when you look at things, you have to be fair to the game and also the guy who is having a big year. That can be hard to because there are so many.”

I’ve heard some talk that Manuel should pick Cole Hamels (4-5, 4.98 ERA), Brad Lidge (0-3, 7.57 ERA and 14 saves) or Jamie Moyer (6-6, 6.05 ERA) for their contributions last season, when the Phillies won the World Series. I don’t expect that to happen at all. Manuel would love to pick a few Phillies, but it would be impossible to sell Hamels, Lidge or Moyer with home-field advantage in the World Series on the line.

So when then?

I think Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino are legitimate possibilities.

Howard is hitting .256 with 20 home runs and 60 RBIs. He is tied for second in the NL with 41 extra-base hits. He is third in RBIs and go-ahead RBIs (19) and tied for third in game-winning RBIs (nine). He is fifth in home runs. He is from St. Louis, where the All-Star Game will be played July 14. He has been one of baseball’s best run producers in recent seasons. He has meant the world to Manuel in the middle of his lineup.

But Howard has some stiff competition at first base. Albert Pujols (.337, 30 homers and 77 RBIs) will be the starter. Prince Fielder (.306, 20, 74) has to go. Adrian Gonzalez (.268, 24, 48) and Todd Helton (.312, 9, 53) are legitimate candidates. There are others, too. There are only so many first basemen Manuel can take, which puts Howard in a numbers crunch. It will be interesting to see which way Manuel goes.

Victorino is hitting .295 with five homers, 34 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. He is tied for second in triples (five), tied for fourth in runs (52) and tied for ninth in hits (89) and stolen bases. Obviously, there are plenty of outfielders with better power numbers than Victorino, but Victorino is not a power hitter. He is a speed guy, who plays great defense and can hit. He might be an easier case for Manuel to make.

Third baseman Pedro Feliz has had a nice season, but he also appears to be in a numbers crunch with David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman, Mark Reynolds, Casey Blake and others.

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Jimmy Rollins snapped his career-worst 0-for-28 slump with a single to right field in the third inning. Rollins also singled in the fifth.

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