Cleveland Guardians sending three players to 2022 All-Star Game
The Cleveland Guardians will be well-represented during the upcoming 2022 MLB All-Star Game.
Despite the streaky nature of the Cleveland Guardians’ season and their current frustrating stretch, there is a bright spot, as the team is sending three representatives to the 2022 All-Star Game in Los Angeles.
As anyone on the planet would expect, third baseman José Ramírez has been selected to the team after losing the runoff voting to Boston’s Rafael Devers. Ramírez has cooled off some since his blistering start (at least by his standards), but he’s still slashing a fantastic .290/.371/.581 with 17 home runs while currently leading the American League in doubles (29) and RBIs (66). This marks Ramírez’s fourth All-Star appearance.
In what may also come as no surprise, Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase was also selected to the AL All-Star squad for the first time in his young career. Clase currently leads the American League with 19 saves, sporting a 1.53 ERA and striking out 39 batters in 35 1/3 innings.
Based on the season he’s having, it comes as no surprise that Andrés Giménez is the third Guardian to make the AL All-Star team. The only surprise comes from just how far the 23-year-old has come in his development, thinking back to last season and the struggles he had offensively when coming over as part of the Francisco Lindor trade with the New York Mets.
In 260 plate appearances this season, Giménez is slashing .299/.354/.479 with nine home runs, 11 doubles, 40 RBIs and an OPS+ of 137. Just for the record, and because these two players will forever be tied together, Lindor currently sports an OPS+ of 110.