Now that All-Star voting is over, I think it’s safe to say that it was unlikely Miguel Cabrera was going to pass up Justin Morneau for the starting lineup. Morneau’s popularity combined with his season at the plate probably wasn’t going to allow it, although Cabrera gained some consolation by finally passing up Mark Teixeira.
What was surprising, though, was that the players picked Cabrera over Morneau. Cabrera took the top spot among AL first basemen on the players ballot, which actually comprises the vote of Major League players, coaches and managers. Cabrera had 488 votes, compared with 427 for Morneau.
For roster purposes, the difference is academic. From a respect standpoint, though, it’s interesting to note how Cabrera’s peers — some of whom have had to pitch to Cabrera and Morneau this year — regard his season.