Curious who will make the All-Star teams? My favorite team, the Texas Rangers, have several deserving candidates, including outfielder Josh Hamilton, second baseman Ian Kinsler and designated hitter Milton Bradley.
TBS will announce the lineups for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at 1 p.m. Sunday. Harold Reynolds, an mlb.com commentator and former major league player, and Dennis Eckersley, a 2004 Hall of Fame inductee, will join TBS’ studio crew of Ernie Johnson and Cal Ripken for the announcement. Reynolds was fired as an ESPN Tonight studio analyst in 2006 after sexual harassment claims were made against him.
In a conference call Tuesday, the analysts talked about baseball issues:
Eckersley on the biggest surprise team thus far this season: “The biggest (surprise) that jumps out is Tampa Bay. Being in that tough division and being in first place, I kept thinking, ‘Are they going to last?’ Well, they’ve made it halfway here. Their pitching staff is better than I thought and they’re energetic. They’re happy to be where they are.”
Reynolds on standout players this season: “The players that stand out in my mind this year are No. 1, (Texas Rangers outfielder) Josh Hamilton. His comeback and the way he’s performed, he’s got a chance to win a triple crown…his performance and his off the field story is absolutely incredible. The other guy is Carlos Quentin with the White Sox. He’s putting up numbers and leading the league in home runs. He made great adjustments in the off season…with him stepping up and sitting in the middle of that order has made the White Sox the team they are.”
Ripken on whether the Yankees will make the postseason: “I say (the Yankees will make the postseason this year). Tampa Bay is going to have a lot to say about that, they are going to be a strong team down the stretch, but I think that how they handle the pressure going down the stretch (will determine their postseason outlook). We know the Yankees can, the Yankees are a very talented team.”