...is J.J. Hardy easily the most deserving Oriole of a spot on the AL all-star team? I understand that he missed significant time and his Plate Appearances don't qualify him currently as a leader in any of the statistics that might make him an attractive candidate. But in the time that he has played, he has for all intents and purposes played perfect defense at arguably the game's most important defensive position, has been a consistent lightning rod at the top of our order, and has driven in more runs and hit more home runs than everybody on the team who's had the benefit of a full season other than Jones and Reynolds (Wieters and Markakis edge him out in the RBI category). His .OPS is 100 points higher than the next Oriole. And he leads the team in HR/PA, 2B/PA, RBI/PA, and R/PA. To penalize the person who has easily been the best player on the team just because he missed a bit over a month with an injury is stupid and unfair.
Not to mention, by all the same arguments and metrics, it would be difficult to make a case for a SS in the major leagues whose performance this season is more deserving of an all-star selection. I hope Jeter's injury keeps him off the roster so that justice may be done, and J.J. Hardy may rightfully be the AL starting SS. I'll settle for him just getting picked though, which given the time he's missed and the fairly strong numbers of Adam Jones, doesn't look like the lock that it should be.