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Friday, July 08, 2022

St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols, Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera to participate in 2022 MLB All-Star Game

Sluggers Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals and Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers will participate in the 2022 All-Star Game, commissioner Rob Manfred announced Friday.

Pujols, Cabrera and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron are the only players in MLB history to register 3,000 hits, 500 home runs and 600 doubles.

“I am delighted that Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera have agreed to participate in the All-Star Game,” Manfred said in a statement. “Albert and Miguel are two of the most accomplished players of their generation. They have also represented the baseball traditions of the Dominican Republic and Venezuela with excellence for the last two decades. Albert and Miguel are two all-time greats whose achievements warrant this special recognition.”

It is the 11th All-Star selection for Pujols, who is in his 22nd MLB season. The 42-year-old ranks fifth in MLB history with 683 home runs and ninth with 3,326 career hits.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2022 at 03:49 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: July 08, 2022 at 08:18 PM (#6086026)
I wonder if this means that the Tigers have come to an agreement with Cabrera to retire at the end of the year. And I assume it means another Tiger makes the team. It guarantees Albert a 25-man spot for at least a couple more weeks. It's nice to see Miggy having this little Tony Gwynn renaissance season.
   2. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: July 09, 2022 at 02:01 AM (#6086068)
I’d be pretty surprised if Cabrera retired, unless they were able to make some sort of deal where he still gets all the money guaranteed in his contract (possibly some of it deferred to give the Tigers a benefit)
   3. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: July 09, 2022 at 10:02 AM (#6086072)
Hell, Miggy is still one of the best hitters on the team (although that's like being the World's Tallest Midget).
   4. Ron J Posted: July 09, 2022 at 01:02 PM (#6086079)
#3 Haase has been really hot. But it's not like that makes him a worthy all-star (it's not like his stats are really good. Or that he has much defensive value). I'm fine with selecting Miggy.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: July 09, 2022 at 04:33 PM (#6086092)
#2: Of course Cabrera would get his money, that's why it would require an "agreement."

The reason I speculate is that if Miggy is this year's "old great" selection then plays next year, he's going to to have to be the "old great" selection again and if he then takes a Pujols 2022 type job he'll have to be the "old great" selection in 2024 as well. So MLB wouldn't have any reason to select him this year unless (a) they are just going to select the oldest reasonably well-known players in each league every year and stick them on the team even if that means multiple selections; or (b) they know this is it for Miggy. It's probably (a) as they'll cleearly do anything today they think will attract an extra 10 eyeballs tomorrow but it could be (b). I do assume that if it was (b) then the Tigers would have already made an announcement but possibly that's timed for AS week.
   6. cardsfanboy Posted: July 09, 2022 at 05:03 PM (#6086103)
I think people are reading into it too much. The commissioner has an option to choose a player, and with Pujols announcement, and the slight backlash that has existed because of a relative low key retirement lap from him, the office felt it made sense to put Pujols in the game, at the same time it makes zero sense to not put someone from the other league into the game, and the most obvious candidate is Cabrera.

   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 09, 2022 at 05:19 PM (#6086108)
So MLB wouldn't have any reason to select him this year unless (a) they are just going to select the oldest reasonably well-known players in each league every year and stick them on the team even if that means multiple selections . . .
I suspect the standard is likely closer to ‘1st ballot Hall of Famer’ than ‘reasonably well-known’. There’s probably some desire to keep the squads even, so if 1 League has an obvious All-Star Emeritus, that makes it more likely that a marginal choice from the other League would be similarly honored. Being so honored more than once wouldn't seem like a problem, although I suspect MLB wouldn’t tap someone with more than 2 years left on their contract.

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