A perfect “10”.
That’s one way to describe right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, who was selected to the American League All-Star team for the 10th consecutive season. He joins Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players in franchise history to be named to 10 Midsummer Classics.
After leading his outfield colleagues throughout the fan-balloting process through this past Monday, Ichiro ended up finishing second to the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton, who had an all-World June, batting .454.
The Mariners also will be represented at the All-Star Game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on July 13 by left-hander Cliff Lee — unless he gets traded before then.
Lee missed the first month of the season, but has been the best pitcher in the AL since his return. His five walks all season are beyond comprehension.
But not selected was right-hander Felix Hernandez, who is definitely deserving, but his 6-5 record obviously worked against him — but not as much as the lousy run support he has received.
Felix told me a couple of days ago that he was hopeful of making the team, but realized that his record was a strike against him.
Meanwhile, this is Lee’s second selection. He represented the Indians in 2008, his Cy Young Award season.
“I’m very proud of both Cliff and Ichiro,” manager Don Wakamatsu said. “I think they are both deserving and will do a tremendous job representing the Mariners and the American League.
“Both guys work very hard, every day, on preparing to be successful. It is great to see that recognized from the fans and their peers.
“At the same time, I’m disappointed for Felix. I think he’s pitched great, and if we’d given him a little better run support it might have been a different story. I know there are lots of deserving players, but I had hoped he would make it with Cliff and Ichi.”
— Jim Street