A's Josh Donaldson should be on his way to All-Star Game 

click to enlarge Josh Donaldson of the A’s was at the top of the All-Star Game balloting at third base after the first update was released last week. - BEN MARGOT/AP FILE PHOTO
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  • Josh Donaldson of the A’s was at the top of the All-Star Game balloting at third base after the first update was released last week.

The past 10 American League All-Star teams have lined up during the pregame introductions without an Oakland A's position player among them.

It's been pitchers, pitchers and more pitchers since 2003, when catcher Ramon Hernandez made the AL squad as a backup.

Ten years is enough. The streak ends this year, no doubt about it. And if early balloting is an indication, it'll end emphatically -- with third baseman Josh Donaldson lining up and being announced among the AL starters. Barring injury, of course. Knock on wood.

Granted, it's still awfully premature to be talking about the Midsummer Classic, which will be played in more than a month. And as unlikely as it seems, given his performance over the past 300-plus games, Donaldson could slump horribly in June and somehow lose the voting lead.

But come on. The guy's in. Write it in ink. He was a legitimate MVP candidate for a division champion last season and he's an even more legitimate MVP candidate for the best team in the league through the first third of the season. Everyone in baseball has grown to appreciate not just his considerable talents at the plate but his penchant for the spectacular defensive play (though there's still room for plenty of refinement on that front).

That he's an incredibly affable lad with a good reputation among opponents and the national media all but guarantees he'll, at the very least, make the squad as a reserve.

What does it all mean? That's the best news of all if you're an A's fan. It means that people have finally come around to (a) trusting what they've been seeing on the field and acknowledge that Oakland baseball is worthy of respect and admiration, and (b) that people aren't allowing the myriad off-the-field circuses surrounding the stadium issues to distract.

It's about time, on every conceivable front. The A's, at long last, are starting to get their due.

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Mychael Urban

Mychael Urban

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Mychael Urban has been covering Bay Area sports for 25 years and has worked for MLB.com, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and KNBR (680 AM).
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