All-Stars!

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The game isn't until next Tuesday, but Mariners Ichiro Suzuki and Felix Hernandez have been named All-Stars. (Full All-Star roster here.) Ichiro was voted in as a starter (for the 9th time in 9 years--here's hoping this year he'll accept the invitation to do the home-run derby) while Felix, like all pitchers, was selected by the coaches. At only 23, Felix will be the youngest pitcher in the game, though not the youngest Mariners All-Star of all time--that honor goes to the great Ruppert Jones, who made the team at 22. Also worth noting--former Mariner and current Philadelphia Philly Raul Ibanez got voted on, and coaches named ex-M Adam Jones to the team as well. The selection of the slow-motion Ibanez shows how defense isn't much valued in the selection process; if it were, argues USS Mariner scribe Dave Cameron, Seattle's center field ground-gobbler Franklin Gutierrez would be on the team.

In other Mariner news, the team just went 5-4 on a road trip against three of baseball's best teams--the Dodgers, Yankees, and Red Sox, is just 3.5 games out of first place. Huzzah!

 
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