The Rangers will be represented by four players in the All-Star Game: Josh Hamilton — the only one voted in as a starter — and Ian Kinsler, Michael Young, and Milton Bradley, each of whom led the player vote. Notably, it’s the first time the Rangers will have four position players go.
The significant thing about the player vote with regard to Kinsler, Young, and Bradley is that they actually received more votes from their peers than the players who will start received. Kinsler earned 389 player votes, Dustin Pedroia 215; Young 470, Derek Jeter 463; Bradley 481, nobody else listed.
Stated another way, if the players voted for the lineups rather than the fans, Texas would have four players in the starting nine.
Manager Terry Francona has already said that Bradley will start at DH in place of the injured David Ortiz.
It’s the first All-Star Game for all but Young, who will make his fifth straight trip.
Hamilton outdistanced Manny Ramirez late to end up with the lead in the outfielders’ vote, and only Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter received more votes than Hamilton among American League players.
As for Kinsler, he finished a very slim 34,243 votes behind Pedroia. Kinsler received 98.6 percent as many fan votes as Pedroia.
Rangers medical director and head trainer Jamie Reed will go to the All-Star Game as well. It will be his second appearance.