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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.