Blue Jays: Who deserves the nod as the All-Star representative?

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Players line up for the national anthem prior the 89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Players line up for the national anthem prior the 89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JULY 14: American League All-Star Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats during the Gillette Home Run Derby at Target Field on July 14, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JULY 14: American League All-Star Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats during the Gillette Home Run Derby at Target Field on July 14, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Every team sends at least one representative to the All-Star regardless of their place in the standings. Who will represent the Blue Jays for the AL team?

Now that we’re officially at the halfway point of the 2019 season and the All-Star starters have been announced, it’s a fair time for us to look at who might represent the Blue Jays in the July classic.

Every team has at least one representative in the All-Star game, and while the Blue Jays might not seem like a team to celebrate because of their 29-52 record at the moment, there have been some impressive individual performances.

Not surprisingly, the Blue Jays did not have a player that was voted into the starting lineup, but they will have someone who takes a spot on the roster as a reserve. They actually didn’t even have anyone finish in the top three in fan voting either, which is reflective of how difficult the 2019 campaign has been so far.

And not that I want to focus on the negative (I’ll get that out of the way now), but the closest the Blue Jays had to an AL starter was Gio Urshela, who now plays for the Yankees and finished 3rd in the voting for that position. He spent time with the Blue Jays last year, but never showed the type of potential that he’s displayed with the Yankees this year. Josh Donaldson finished second to Nolan Arenado as the starter at third base as well.

Getting back to the positive though, the Blue Jays will have a representative in the game, and there is more than one candidate for that spot. It will ultimately be determined by Alex Cora, and it’s possible that they may have to choose either a pitcher or a position player based on need.

There are a few variables at play, but here are the most likely candidates to represent the Blue Jays at this year’s All-Star game.

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