Cole Hamels and Ian Desmond Selected for All-Star Game

Cole Hamels has a shot to be in double digit wins prior to the All-Star break this Friday. Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs
Cole Hamels has a shot to have double digit wins prior to the All-Star break this Friday.
Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs
Watch YOUR Texas Rangers at Big Shucks!
Watch YOUR Texas Rangers at Big Shucks!

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By Alex Al-Kazzaz

Cole Hamels and Ian Desmond will both represent the Texas Rangers in this year’s All-Star game.

Both players truly deserve to be part of the A.L. roster for the Midsummer Classic. They’ve worked real hard for this and have earned it.

Desmond was signed by the Rangers to a one-year deal to rebuild his ability to play baseball and that’s exactly what he’s done this season. He’s got a .319 batting average, registered 106 hits, 52 RBIs, and has homered 15 times! There’s no doubt that he’s proving that he’s a player worth paying a lot of money to! And he’s really making Rangers fans say, “We have to re-sign him.” Critics are saying that he may win the American League MVP award, but it is still early to decide on that. We’ve still got the second half of the season to play.

Cole Hamels is 9-2 this year. He leads the team with a 2.93 era and 105 strikeouts. He’s currently the ace of the Rangers. There’s no doubt that he’s earned the right to go to the All-Star game. There’s no doubt that he’s got the skills and talent to be a World Series MVP. At first, when the Rangers acquired him, I wasn’t very sold on him, but Hamels has proved everyone wrong. The guy is an amazing talent. He’s a leader for this team.

It’s a bit frustrating that only two members of the Rangers organization have been selected. I think Rougned Odor should have been named, too. If Prince Fielder had not fallen into a slump, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that he would have been named. But what Fielder is going through happens to a lot of good players. Babe Ruth even had a slump during his time. Even Jackie Robinson had a slump, and so did Lou Gehrig. No one’s perfect. Shin-Soo Choo definitely would have gone had he not been injured. But in the end, I guess we as fans can feel good that we’re being represented.