Francona touts Gomes for All-Star consideration

Francona touts Gomes for All-Star consideration

SEATTLE -- Indians manager Terry Francona feels that catcher Yan Gomes is deserving of being named to the American League All-Star team this season. Francona also knows that Gomes might have to wait a little longer for to receive that kind of honor.

"I definitely think he's very worthy.," Francona said on Sundauy. "I think a couple things are probably going against him. One, he hasn't been a catcher forever. And, he had a little bit of a slow start defensively. But I think Gomer, when you look at the catching in the league, always deserves to be in that [discussion]."

Entering Sunday's game in Seattle, Gomes was batting .267 with nine home runs, 19 extra-base hits, 28 RBIs and a .732 OPS through 69 games. Among AL catchers with at least 200 at-bats, Gomes ranked second in homers, third in slugging percentage (.421) and OPS and fourth in batting average.

Defensively, Gomes ranked second in the AL and Major Leagues with a caught-stealing rate of 32.7 percent (17-of-52). In Saturday's win over Seattle, Gomes made his 10th error of the season, but he had not been charged with an official miscue since May 7 (ending a 38-game errorless streak that followed nine in his first 27 games).

In the most recent AL All-Star voting results, Gomes was not among the top five catchers. Injured Orioles catcher Matt Wieters (1,852,770) led the voting, followed by Oakland's Derek Norris (1,486,850), New York's Brian McCann (1,344,076), Minnesota's Kurt Suzuki (812,865) and Boston's A.J. Pierzynski (810,050).

"The way it's set up, it's hard to criticize that," Francona said of Wieters leading the vote. "The way they've set it up, the fans get to vote. Then, the players get to vote. So, hopefully through that, you get pretty much everybody that's supposed to [be there]."

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on July 15 on FOX.

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