By Kevin K
The Philadelphia Phillies tied a franchise record, after Shane Victorino won the final vote yesterday, with five Phillies in the All Star Game. The Phillies had five players in the All Star Game in 1976, 1979, 1981, 1995, and 2009.
Victorino won the Final Vote with 9.2 million votes. He led all candidates in the final vote (AL and NL) and is the first player to win the Final Vote twice.
Now it is very nice to see that Placido Polanco, Shane Victorino, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels all made the All Star Game, but there is a distinct possibility that only one of them will play.
Polanco (starter) and Victorino both have come down with injuries lately. So much so that the Phillies have been tempted to put them both on the DL; Victorino was officially put on the DL today (retroactive July 4th). Both say that if they play this weekend, they will play in the All Star Game. Once again, that is a big if.
Now look at the three Phillies pitchers. Roy Halladay has the best chance of playing in the All Star Game Tuesday night. He starts for the Phillies tonight versus the Braves and by Tuesday night he will officially have three full rest days (which may not be enough).
Then there is Cliff Lee who is pitching Saturday versus the Braves, if you are counting that is two full rest days. If it's me, I don't go to the All Star Game if I am Lee only because I do not want to risk injury.
The long shot to play in the All Star Game is Sunday's starter for the Phillies, Cole Hamels. Hamels is a pitcher who deserves to go to the All Star Game, but may be forced not to play. One day rest may kill Hamels and definitely put him at risk of injury.
So you see, the Phillies do have five players in the All Star Game, but might only be represented by one person.