Lindor, Hand join Santana in All-Star Game

Three Indians will represent the club as they host the Mid-Summer Classic

Kyle Lewandowski
June 30, 2019 - 5:58 pm
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David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Carlos Santana was the lone Cleveland Indian to be selected as an All-Star starter but, as expected, he won't be alone representing the Tribe when the game's best invade Cleveland for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game.

Santana is near the top of the leaderboard in virtually every statistical category among first basemen in the American League. There is no telling where this Indians squad would be without the return of Santana. Throughout the first month of the season there was no one player more valuable to the club than the 33-year-old and he has kept his fantasic season going, earning himself his first ever All-Star Game selection as the starter at first base for the AL. An historically slow starter, Santana has put together the best first half of his career slashing .293/.411/.534 with 18 homers and 50 runs batted in. There was simply no first basemen more deserving of the honor and a Mid-Summer Classic in Cleveland with Santana starting at first is a perfect match.

As a surprise to some, Francisco Lindor was left out of the top-3 in the fan voting part of the selection process but the gold glover will make his fourth consecutive appearance in the All-Star Game. After missing the first month of the season, Lindor quickly got back into form while dealing with that ankle sprain. The four-time All-Star is slashing .291/.349/.498 with 12 home runs and 27 RBI in 64 games. An All-Star Game without the 25-year-old wouldn't seem right and now he will be back for the fourth year in a row in ballpark he has played at his entire career.

Joining Santana and Lindor will be Brad Hand who has had arguably the best season out of any closer in baseball thus far. This season Hand has allowed just nine earned runs while striking out 53 in 35.1 innings, good for a 2.29 ERA. Hand is tied with Aroldis Champman of the Yankees with 23 saves, the most in the American League. Hand was as close as a lock as you could have heading into the selection process and with what he has done for the Indians in his short time in Cleveland, what a trade this has turned out to the for Antonetti and company.

Back in April one would have assumed the Indians would be well represented at the event and while three may not be what was expected, it seems to be a pretty good number considering the injuries and ups and downs of the season.