Three Tigers were named to the American League All-Star team Sunday.
They are the three who were considered slam dunks to get there: Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander and Prince Fielder
Austin Jackson didn't make it.
And neither did Joaquin Benoit.
They're not on the Final Man ballot, either
For Cabrera, who made it as a reserve, it's his seventh time as an All-Star, the third time as a Tiger. His first four were with the Florida (now Miami) Marlins.
Verlander is an All-Star for the fifth time. He didn't pitch in two of the games for which he was selected, though.
Fielder, who won the fans' voting and will start at first base, is representing the Tigers for the first time. But it will be his fourth All-Star Game. He was in three as a Milwaukee Brewer.
Fielder said earlier that if asked, he'll be happy to compete in the Home Run Derby.
The game will be played at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10.
Verlander said Saturday that he didn't expect to be named as the American League's starting pitcher, but would obviously consider it an honor.
More than about himself, Verlander wanted to talk about his hopes that Jackson and Benoit would make it for the first time — because he said, "It takes me back to my first time (2007).
Tigers' All-Stars: Prince Fielder, Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera
Detroit News | Jul 2