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Detroit Tigers lead the way with six All Stars

There is little doubt that Max Scherzer should star the All Star Game, but will he?
There is little doubt that Max Scherzer should star the All Star Game, but will he?
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Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was elected by the fans to start the 2013 MLB All Star Game, for the first time in his career. Justin Verlander was added to the All Star roster by his manager and the manager of the AL squad Jim Leyland. Torii Hunter, Jhonny Perlata, Prince Fielder, and Max Scherzer were elected to the squad by their fellow players. It gives the 2013 Tigers six all stars for the first time since 1985 and one more All Star representative than the 1984 Tigers team had.

The 2013 and 1985 Tigers all stars are most comparable. Both of those AL squads were managed by the Tigers skipper, and both saw two Tigers starting pitchers on the roster. In 1985 Jack Morris would start the All Star game and one could argue that Max Scherzer is most deserving of starting in 2013. However since Scherzer is set to pitch for the Tigers this coming Saturday he would have to go on short rest to start the Mid Summer Classic. Last year's starter, Verlander, is set to pitch Sunday making him very unlikely to start.

Of course the 1985 Tigers did have two starters elected by the fans; Lance Parrish (who was injured at the time) and 2B Lou Whittaker (along with Morris selected to start by Sparky Anderson). Dan Petry, Alan Trammell, and Willie Hernandez were also named to the '85 AL squad.

The 1984 AL squad had five Tigers, but CF Chet lemon and C Parrish were elected by the fans to start. They were joined by Morris, Hernandez, and Whittaker.

There is a chance that Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit could be the seventh Tigers' selected to the All Star game via fan vote. There is an argument that could be made for Anibal Sanchez as well as Drew Smyly to have gotten some All Star consideration. However it looks like the Tigers will have to make due with six representatives and possibly two (Fielder and Cabrera) in the Home Run derby.

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