Jun 27, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Texas Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder (84) reacts to a hit during the fifth inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Texas Rangers won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
With the latest results for the 2015 All-Star Game being released yesterday, it is becoming more and more likely that we will not see a starter from the Texas Rangers (but keep voting!). Prince Fielder trails for First Base by nearly 9 million votes behind Miguel Cabrera. Adrian Beltre is in fifth for Third Base, trailing the leader Josh Donaldson by over 10 million votes.
The rest of the roster will be selected by the managers and it is at that point that the Rangers should get some recognition. With the rule that at least one player from each team must be selected, it is guaranteed that at least one player from the Rangers will make the team. The obvious answer for most fans would be Fielder to be selected as a reserve for designated hitter or first base. Fielder would face stiff competition from either position as first base competition would include Cabrera, Eric Hosmer, Justin Smoak, and Albert Pujoles. To be selected for reserve to Designated Hitter, Fielder would be in competition with whoever loses the Nelson Cruz/Kendrys Morales battle for starter, Edwin Encarnacion, and Victor Martinez.
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With the success of Fielder, there are several players for the Rangers that are being forgotten as potential reserve players for the American League. The injury that held Beltre out for some time will likely keep him out of the running for third base. There are also several players who have had great years for the team but due to a variety of factors. These names include Delino DeShields Jr., Shawn Tolleson, and Rougned Odor. Let’s take a look at the most likely candidates, other than Fielder, who we could be seeing represent the Texas Rangers at the Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, July 14.