Sunday, July 4, 2010

Three Phillies named to 2010 All-Star Game

The All-Star teams were announced today and three Phillies are going to Anaheim: Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay. Utley was voted in as a starter at second base but will not be playing due to injury, Halladay was voted in by the players and Howard was added to the roster by NL manager Charlie Manuel.

While it's hard to argue with the inclusion of Utley or Halladay to the roster, you can bet plenty around baseball will complain about Howard's selection. With Manuel having a say in who makes the team and Howard's power numbers being down this year, many will argue that Manuel just picked his own guy, especially when you consider that Joey Votto, who has better numbers than Howard in nearly every category, was left off the team.

Placido Polanco almost made the All-Star team as well but was beaten out in the final stretch of fan voting by David Wright. It's just as well, Polanco wouldn't be able to play due to injury, anyway.

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