5 Arizona Diamondbacks Who Deserve to Play in 2013 MLB All-Star Game

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5 Arizona Diamondbacks Who Deserve to Play in 2013 MLB All-Star Game

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Recently I wrote an article about how the Arizona Diamondbacks have stood strong under the pressure from the National League West. There have literally been three teams gunning for them all season long and they remain on top of the division. That kind of standing tall is only possible when there are players there to hold the team up. The DBacks have a great core of players on both sides of the ball that keep this team rolling along.

That above all else is what should make up an all-star team. The players that have done the best job of keeping their team winning as many games as possible. Come through in the clutch, strike out the big hitter with the game on the line. There are so many ways for pitchers and hitters alike to contribute in literally huge ways for the team and the five people I have listed here are the ones on the top of that list for the DBacks.

They might or might not make the actual team but I think they deserve to be considered. Some of them should make it if anyone makes it at all and some probably would be a long shot considering the competition for the honor of playing in that game. The National League’s long shot player however can be one of the most important players on the team for the DBacks. I believe these guys fill their roles nearly as well as they could and deserve all-star recognition.

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5 – Josh Collmenter – P

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You might not see many long relief pitchers in the all-star game but if you only saw one it should be Collmenter. His 2.43 ERA while logging over 40 innings out of the bullpen are worth consideration and then some. Literally this team wouldn’t be near where they are without him picking them up on countless occasions.

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4 – Martin Prado – 3B

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Prado is a special player. He has over 20 RBI and 32 runs scored but his all-star play is only visible if you watch him every day. He is one of the most important players on this team and his great at-bats along with incredible work ethic are plenty enough for an all-star nod in my book.

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3 – Gerardo Parra – CF

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With the competition not being terribly difficult in the outfield this year, Parra’s .311 average, 7 homers and 47 runs scored should be enough to get him serious consideration. He is the second most productive hitter on his team. That should count for something.

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2 – Patrick Corbin – P

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Corbin is a no-doubter for the all-star game. In fact he should not only make the team but he should be the starting pitcher for the NL. His 9 – 0 start and miniscule ERA make him a leading contender for the NL Cy-Young award, much less an all-star. He’ll be there.

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1 – Paul Goldschmidt – 1B

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This is the MVP of the Diamondbacks. Goldschmidt’s .311 average, 19 homers and 66 RBI are among the leaders in all of baseball. He should be the starter at first base for the NL in my opinion. He deserves it more than anyone.

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