Is there any hotter hitter in major league baseball right now than Raul Ibanez? He's hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games and his power tear has put him in a tie for third place in the American League in home runs with 24. With three hits and two home runs in yesterday's game Ibanez has increased his career totals to 295 home runs and 1,954 hits. As the first half draws to a close he's put himself in a good position to reach the 300 home runs and 2,000 hits milestones this season. This would have been impossible if he had remained with the Yankees who played him only against righthanded pitching and platooned him with righty slugger Andruw Jones in 2012.
If there are any American League selectees who are injured or withdraw from Tuesday's all-star game, considering his torrid bat, can you think of anyone who would be a better late replacement than Ibanez?