TORONTO -- When Indians manager Manny Acta heads to Arizona as a part of the American League's All-Star coaching staff in July, he hopes to have Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera along for the ride.
"I hope Cabrera gets recognized and makes the All-Star Game," Acta said on Wednesday. "He has played like an All-Star."
On Wednesday, the first round of All-Star balloting results were released and Cabrera ranked second to Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter in fan voting. Entering the day, the Indians shortstop was hitting .296 with 10 home runs, 11 doubles, three triples, seven stolen bases, 35 runs scored and 36 RBIs.
Acta was hardly surprised that Cabrera fell so high in the voting.
"Nowadays," said the manager, "there are so many different ways to keep track of every team and every game. He's getting the recognition he deserves. I think a lot of it has to do with the way we have played as a team. It has drawn more attention to our ballclub."
If fan balloting does not ultimately net a starting spot for Cabrera, the shortstop still might make the All-Star squad through voting by his peers. Acta appreciates that the players have some say as to who will make the All-Star rosters.
"It helps," Acta said. "It helps some of those guys and also it means a lot to the guys when they're picked by their peers. It's a big recognition."