What do you guys and gals think about Orlando Cabrera's chances of being a first-time all-star at age 35? His spirited play is part of the reason that the Cincinnati Reds lead the NL Central.
Here's a guy with close to 1800 major league games under his belt and a .275 lifetime average who's never been selected an All-Star. He played on the 2004 Worlds Champion Boston Red Sox team that "broke the curse" . Cabrera also played for other division winners such as the '05 & '07 Los Angeles Angels, '08 Chicago White Sox and '09 Minnesota Twins in the last half of the last decade. He's had All-Star like numbers such as a .297 year in 2003 in 626 at-bats with the Expos and a career-high .301 year in 638 at bats for the '07 Angels, but there always seems to be a Derek Jeter or some other superstar blocking his way to the all-star game.
Cabrera is a very good ballplayer but also a very overlooked one. He ought to be an All-Star this year, even if his selection carries something of a "Lifetime Acheivement Award" connotation.
Probably the thing that has hurt Cabrera's chances of being an all-star the most is that he's moved around the majors quite a bit through trades and free agency. It can take years to build hometown support in all-star voting, something the highly mobile Cabrera has never enjoyed.
P.S.: Cabrera is not the only 35-year old Red enjoying a nice season. Scott Rolen, always a great defender at third base, seems to hitting with much more authority than he ever did at Toronto, and his performance this year might signal a return for him to all-star status.
-philliesfiend55- (Dennis Orlandini)