Major League Baseball has released updated ballot standings for the 2023 All-Star Game and the Toronto Blue Jays are still heavily featured at nearly every position.
Last time we spoke, three Jays players were in line to start the game, with two more making it in in a bench role. Things have changed quite a bit in that regard, as Whit Merrifield and George Springer have made their way into the fun in reserve spots.
As of right now, these are the Blue Jays players who would start the MLB All-Star Game if voting ended today:
- First base - Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
- Third base - Matt Chapman
- Shortstop - Bo Bichette
And these are the players who would make it into the festivities in a reserve role:
- Designated hitter - Brandon Belt
- Second base - Whit Merrifield
- Outfield - Kevin Kiermaier
- Outfield - George Springer
Not too shabby, hey?
At catcher, Alejandro Kirk ranks 10th amongst catchers, but he faces some serious competition in the form of Adley Rutschman, Salvador Perez and Jonah Heim. Kirk has been having a down year at the plate, so him missing out would not be a massive shock.
To have representation at essentially every single position on the diamond is an unreal accomplishment for this Blue Jays squad. Fans on the internet are understandably unhappy with the team's play as of late, but this voting will provide us all a chance to compare our players to others around the league and once again realize that the Jays have the talent to go far this year. As John Schneider has said multiple times this year, it's just a matter of getting all of the guys in sync together.
Remember, folks, it's a long year and there's still a ton of games left to be played. While the AL East remains the toughest division in baseball, the Blue Jays have a chance to go on a run and gain some serious ground in the standings just as every other team does. Be patient, good things come to those who wait.