Adrian Beltre won’t be voted an All-Star starter, so technically there’s a chance that he won’t be a member of the American League team July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.
The Texas Rangers’ third baseman said last week that he wouldn’t be angry if he didn’t get picked. The same can’t be said for manager Ron Washington
“If they don’t take Beltre, it’s a farce,” Washington said on Saturday. “How can you not take Beltre?”
Beltre has been the best third baseman in the league the past two months. He entered the Rangers’ second game at Citi Field batting .336 and .354 since May 1, both of which are second in the league behind Houston second baseman Jose Altuve.
Among third baseman, Beltre’s average since May 1 is 130 points higher than shoo-in starter Josh Donaldson of Oakland and 52 points higher than Rangers killer Kyle Seager of Seattle.
Donaldson has hit one more homer than Beltre in that span, 11-10, and Seager has six more RBIs, 46-40.
“Yeah, OK, his home runs and his RBIs are down,” Washington said. “But to be where that guy is, he had to fight through a ton of adversity team-wise.”
Washington also expects right-hander Yu Darvish to be selected, and wants to see the right-hander pitch one inning or 20 pitches in the game.
Darvish would be available with his final start before the break coming Wednesday.
“If they choose him, I’d hope he’d want to pitch,” Washington said. “Come on.”