AL Starting All-Star – SS

Yes, I am here to convince you that Derek Jeter should be an All-Star over Orlando Cabrera. Don’t worry, it won’t take long. It has been pointed out that their stats nearly mirror each other, which is certainly true. Jeter is hitting 1 point higher, has 2 more home runs, 2 more runs scored, two more triples and 9 more walks, whereas Cabrera has 4 more hits (in 2 more games), 1 more stolen base and 6 more RBI.

The difference that was pointed out was that Orlando Cabrera was the “life blood” of a division leader and Jeter is not. Has someone forgotten about Vladimir Guerrero? Without Vlad’s .328 average, 12 home runs and 63 RBI, this team would be no where near the top of the weakest division in the American League (make your arguments that it’s better than the AL East, but I only argue that Toronto would be in second in the West if not for the injuries they’ve had this year). Heck, I would even take the Devil Rays over the Mariners at this point. If there is anyone who gets this team going other than Vlad, it’s Chone Figgins, not Cabrera.

Cabrera has 1 Gold Glove and Jeter has 3. I will not discuss defense again.

I think it should also be noted that Orlando Cabrera has never hit .300 for an entire season in his Major League career. Shouldn’t we have someone in the All-Star game who at least represents what they have done for their whole career (or at least more than one season) vs. some random fluke season?

No thank you to Orlando Cabrera from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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