In their first year as the Guardians, the Cleveland baseball franchise will send three players to Dodger Stadium for the 2022 All-Star Game, the 92nd in history.
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Jose Ramirez signed a seven-year contract extension with the organization right before the start of the 2021-2022 season. The signing was viewed as a steal for the Guardians throughout MLB, and Ramirez, who made it clear when signing the dotted line he wants to finish his career with the Guardians, has made a case for the American League MVP throughout the first half of the season. As of July 10, Ramirez has hit .290, with 17 dingers and 66 Runs Batted In (RBI’s). Ramirez’ .290 average is third on the team, trailing only Andres Gimenez (.299) and Nolan Jones (who just made his MLB debut on Friday). His 17 homers leads the club by six, and his 66 RBI’s is by far the most on the Guardians. Nationally ranked, Ramirez is 29th in average, and he’s tied for 19th in homers and tied for second in RBI’s.
This will be the third baseman’s fourth All-Star Game. The 29-year-old was beaten out by Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers via fan vote in a run-off for the starting nod in the game.
For the first time in his young career, second baseman Andres Gimenez will participate in the All-Star Game. At only 23-years-old, the lefty has busted onto the scene this season. Involved in the Francisco Lindor trade, Gimenez is seen as one of the key pieces of the Guardians future. So far this season, he’s hitting .299 with nine homers and 40 RBI’s.
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Representing Cleveland out of the bullpen will be closer Emmanuel Clase. The 100 mph throwing flamethrower leads is fourth in the majors in saves with 19 at this current time. His 1.53 Earned Run Average (ERA) is the second best ERA among closers, only trailing the 0.46 ERA tossed by Cole Holmes of the New York Yankees. Clase, who like Ramirez signed an extension with the Guards right before the start of the 2022 campaign, will be pitching in his first All-Star Game. The reliever was acquired along with Delino DeShields for former Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber in 2019.
Catch Ramirez, Gimenez and Clase representing the Cleveland Guardians at the 2022 MLB All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 19. First pitch is scheduled for a little past 8 p.m. and will be broadcasted locally on FOX.
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