Three Orioles players -- first baseman Chris Davis, center fielder Adam Jones and shortstop J.J. Hardy -- have been named to this year’s The Sporting News American League All-Star team.
The Orioles were the only AL club to have three honorees. The Detroit Tigers had two: third baseman Miguel Cabrera and starting pitcher Max Scherzer. The AL champion Boston Red Sox had just one representative, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
The team was selected by a panel of 17 AL general managers and assistant general managers.
Davis, a likely AL Most Valuable Player finalist, led the major leagues with 53 home runs, 138 RBIs and 370 total bases. His home run total set a new franchise single-season record, breaking Brady Anderson’s mark of 50 set in 1996. Davis was also second in the AL in slugging percentage (.634), OPS (1.004) and runs scored (103).
The Sporting News said that Jones was one of four “clear-cut” choices at their positions. He ranked third in the AL in RBIs (108) and was fourth in total bases (322) and runs (100). Jones also led all center fielders in putouts (352) and assists (11).
Hardy won the closest race, edging Oakland Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie for the honor. Hardy led all AL shortstops with 25 homers. He was fourth among AL shortstops in fielding percentage (.981), third in total zone runs (4). Hardy led AL shortstops in assists (529) and double plays turned (108).
Here is the complete team:
C Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
1B Chris Davis, Orioles
2B Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
SS J.J. Hardy, Orioles
3B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
OF Adam Jones, Orioles
OF Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
SP Max Scherzer, Tigers
RP Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals