It should go without saying that Rick Porcello deserves the final spot on the American League All-Star roster. His 11-5 record with a 3.53 ERA has been a major part of the Tigers’ second-best record in baseball. Porcello was also part of the Tigers rotation for the team’s three straight AL Central crowns.
Porcello is a scrappy, crafty hurler who has mastered the art of pitching. When Jim Price sees the late movement on a Rick Porcello pitch, he literally tears up at the sheer beauty of the thing. Porcello is a gamer. A winner. He plays the game the right way.
Also, Anibal Sanchez has endorsed his teammate for the all-star team as proven by this hilarious gif.
Unfortunately, it cannot go without saying that Porcello belongs in the midsummer classic because too many people (not pointing fingers) seem to believe White Sox lefty Chris Sale and Angels starter Garrett Richards are more qualified. Both men are currently ahead of Porcello in the vote.
Sure, both Richards and Sale have better winning percentages and lower ERAs than Porcello, but serious and important baseball people like Joe Morgan and Buzz Bissinger know you can’t judge the game based on statistics. It’s all about feel. And heart. Also grit.
Mainly, you need to look for guys who play the game the right way.
And, sorry, but despite their fancy numbers on paper, there is plenty evidence that in the real world neither Sale nor Richards play the game the right way.
Sale throws with a sidearm delivery that Chicago Tribune Dave van Dyck once described as “funky.” If his arm dropped any lower, he might as well kick the ball to home plate. Like a soccer player.
What ever happened to fundamentals? To proper form? Put Chris Sale on an All-Star roster and a generation of boys will think the way to make the bigs is a gimmicky, mechanically unsound pitching motion.
Porcello, however, throws the baseball like your old man taught you in the backyard--the right way. It’s a time-tested, God-fearing pitching motion that makes one proud to be both a baseball fan and an American.
Richards, while a more fundamentally sound pitcher than Sale, is a strikeout pitcher. Earlier this year, in a single inning he struck out the Astros’ side on just nine pitches. If we learned anything from “Bull Durham,” which is a serious baseball movie because they called the Major Leagues “The Show,” strikeouts are fascist.
Porcello’s ground ball style is more democratic. He selflessly creates opportunities for teammates like shortstop Ian Kinsler and third baseman Nick Castellanos to shine by forcing opposing hitters to ground into routine double plays and the like.
Rick Porcello understands how to play as part of team while Garrett Richards is clearly a selfish glory hog. Really, is anything more important to playing the game the right way than teamwork? No, there isn’t.
But finally and most of all, if you’ve suffered through these 450-plus words of absurd, anti-intellectual demagoguery then you obviously want to see as many Tigers as possible make the All-Star team. We can only make that happen if we vote Porcello. Early and often, until the polls close tomorrow afternoon.