Outfielder Josh Hamilton, third baseman Adrian Beltre, designated hitter Michael Young and pitcher C.J. Wilson have been selected to represent the Texas Rangers and the American League in the 2011 All-Star game that will take place in Phoenix on July 12.
Hamilton was voted in by the fans to start in the All-Star game for the fourth consecutive year. He entered Sunday’s game against the Marlins with a batting average of .301 to go along with 10 home runs and 40 RBIs despite missing 36 games due to injury.
Beltre and Young were voted onto the team courtesy of the players’ ballots. Beltre will be making his second appearance on the All-Star squad while Young will be making his seventh. Beltre entered Sunday hitting .265 with 14 home runs and 61 RBIs. Beltre, a free agent acquisition this past offseason, has made just as big if not a bigger impact defensively. His range and strong arm have helped secure the hot corner for the Rangers so far this season.
Young entered yesterday with a .313 batting average with seven home runs and 54 RBIs. He has adjusted quite well to his new role as the primary designated hitter and part-time infielder. Young has two game-winning hits in his All-Star game career: a two-run triple in 2006 in the ninth inning in which he was named MVP and in 2008 in which he had a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 15th inning.
C.J. Wilson, who was selected by AL Manager Ron Washington, will be making his first appearance on the All-Star team. Before last night’s brilliant start in which he received a no-decision, Wilson was 8-3 with a 3.14 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 17 starts. Wilson has 11 quality starts out of those 17 and has been a workhorse, throwing over 100 pitches in every one of his starts.
The Rangers will be well-represented at Chase Field for the All-Star game. Not only will these four players be there, but Ron Washington and the six members of his coaching staff will be in the AL dugout as well.