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On Sunday, the MLB All Star Game selections were announced. Nationals Park will be hosting the event next Tuesday at 8:00 p.m, ET, with the Home Run Derby taking place the night before.
The National League is sending 14 first-year all stars to the game this year, with notables being Javier Baez and Willson Contreras of the Cubs, Nick Markakis of the Braves, and Aaron Nola of the Phillies. For the American League, 11 players will be making their All Star Game debuts, including Alex Bregman of the Astros, Mitch Moreland of the Red Sox, and Gleyber Torres of the Yankees.
Then there are the candidates who didn’t make the cut just yet, but are still eligible if they receive the most votes out of their pool of five. Voting for the final vote ends on July 11th at 4 p.m. ET.
Here are the candidates for the National League final vote:
Jesus Aguilar, Milwaukee Brewers: .305 BA, 23 HR, 76 H, 46 R, 64 RBI
Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants: .303 BA, 13 HR, 84 H, 41 R, 42 RBI
Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals: .258 BA, 17 HR, 78 H, 53 R, 41 RBI
Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers: .266 BA, 20 HR, 54 H, 40 R, 38 RBI
Trea Turner, Washington Nationals: .274 BA, 11 HR, 100 H, 54 R, 37 RBI
Player that should get in: Jesus Aguilar
Out of these five, Jesus Aguilar deserves to win the final vote. The National League leader in home runs has been a large part of the Brewers’ successful first half of the season. They are currently atop the NL Central with a 54-37 record, leading the Cubs by 1.5 games. Aguilar also has a significant advantage in RBI, or runs batted in, with 64, which is 22 runs greater that Brandon Belt who is in second. He just edges out Belt for best batting average out of the five, with a .305 average.
Now, here are the candidates for the American League final vote:
Eddie Rosario, Minnesota Twins: .300 BA, 18 HR, 105 H, 58 R, 54 RBI
Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels: .307 BA, 6 HR, 91 H, 42 R, 39 RBI
Jean Segura, Seattle Mariners: .329 BA, 7 HR, 115 H, 61 R, 47 RBI
Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees: .271 BA, 22 HR, 94 H, 55 R, 52 RBI
Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox: .295 BA, 14 HR, 100 H, 66 R, 55 RBI
Player that deserves to get in: Jean Segura
This race is much tougher than the National League, as there is not clear-cut leader in any category. However, Jean Segura is the player who deserves to get in. He has been incredibly consistent for the Mariners this season, sitting at 4th best in the American League in batting average. The Mariners have the 4th best record in the MLB, however they find themselves sitting at the 2nd Wild Card spot due to how loaded the American League is. Without Robinson Cano for a large portion of the season because of injury and suspension, Segura is a big reason why the Mariners are one of the best teams in baseball right now.
Many fans will vote for players on their favorite teams, or players that they want to see in the All Star Game. Then there are the fans who vote for who they truly believe deserves to get in, without bias. If you are one of those fans, then Jesus Aguilar and Jean Segura should be the players that you vote for before 4 p.m. tomorrow.