Mike Scioscia believes Albert Pujols belongs in All-Star game



Albert Pujols watches his two-run home run in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium/Photo Alex Gallardo, Associated Press

It’s highly doubtful Albert Pujols will get voted into the 2015 All-Star game by fans. As of Monday, he was well down the list at No. 5 among American League first basemen. He had 931,985 votes, far behind the Kansas City Royals’ Eric Hosmer, who had 5,777,363 votes. Of course, Royals fans are stuffing the ballot boxes in shameful fashion as Royals led at every infield position, designated hitter and two of the three outfield spots; the Angels’ Mike Trout right now would be the only non-Royals starter.

But even without Hosmer, Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers had 5,301,216 votes at first base.

The good news is Pujols can still be selected as a reserve by managers and players, and Angels manager Mike Scioscia believes Pujols should be picked. Pujols on Tuesday hit his league-leading 19th home run. He has 36 RBIs and is batting .273, a whopping .370 this month.

“Whether he gets selected for the team or not, he’s one of the top players in baseball,” Scioscia said. “I don’t know how you leave him off the team. But we’ve seen that selection process be sketchy at best, and I think Albert would have fun going to the game, he belongs there.”


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