Orioles shut out of the Sporting News' AL All-Star team voting

Nelson Cruz
(Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun)

The Orioles aren't getting much love in postseason awards so far this offseason.


Three Orioles -- J.J. Hardy (shortstop), Adam Jones (outfield) and Nelson Cruz (outfield and designated hitter) -- received votes at their respective positions, but none finished first.

The Los Angeles Angels' Erick Aybar was the winner at shortstop, while Hardy, the Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Reyes and the Chicago White Sox's Alexei Ramirez were considered.


In the outfield, the three selections were the Angels' Mike Trout, the Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley and the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista. Jones, Cruz and the Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon also received votes.

The Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez was picked at designated hitter. Cruz was the only other player who received any votes.

Last year, three Orioles players were picked for the Sporting News' AL All-Star team -- Jones, Hardy and first baseman Chris Davis.

This year's teams were selected by a panel of 20 AL general managers and assistant general managers, according to the Sporting News.

The full AL team:

Catcher: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
First baseman: Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
Second baseman: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Shortstop: Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels
Third baseman: Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
Outfield: Mike Trout, Angels
Outfield: Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
Outfield: Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
Designated hitter: Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Starting pitcher: Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
Relief pitcher: Dellin Betances, New York Yankees

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