Paul Goldschmidt named National League All-Star
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Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was named a National League All-Star for the fourth consecutive season.
“It means a lot,” Goldschmidt said of being elected by the players. “Those are the guys you compete against and you want to go out there and play the game the right way and try to do a good job. To have them think you’re worthy of the All-Star Game means a lot.”
Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs won the fans vote for the National League starting first base spot but as the unquestioned leader of the Diamondbacks, Goldschmidt received plenty of positive political support from his clubhouse.
“Extremely well deserving,” D-backs shortstop Nick Ahmed said. “I obviously voted for him and I think probably every guy in here did as well. What he does every single day is very impressive. You see the offensive numbers, but a defensive perspective, on the bases, leader in the clubhouse and in the dugout, even past the numbers he’s very well deserving.”
Goldschmidt started the season in a rut, hitting a measly and uncharacteristic .223 until May 17, where he flipped the switch and batted .348 with an OPS of 1.001.
Goldschmidt may not be alone at the All-Star Game either. Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb is candidate for the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Competing with him for the fans’ vote on the National League side are Colorado Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story, Pittsburgh Pirate’s outfielder Starling Marte, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt.
The MLB All-Star Game will be held at San Diego’s Petco Park next Tuesday night.
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