With the 2013 MLB All-Star Game quickly approaching and the fan voting ballots officially closed, fans will soon learn which of their favorites will be starting and which will be sitting out of the Midsummer Classic.
However, for those players who weren’t fortunate enough to garner enough fan votes, their is still hope for All-Star glory. And even if those players don’t get selected by the game’s managers, Jim Leyland for the AL and Bruce Bochy for the NL, there is still the chance of winning the Final Vote.
One of these likely candidates would be Philadelphia Phillies‘ Domonic Brown, who certainly has done enough to get voted in as a reserve, even though he likely didn’t get the votes to be a starter.
Brown, despite a slow start to the season, has absolutely been tearing the cover off of the ball as of late. He blasted through the month of May, hitting to a line of 33 H, 25 RBI, 17 R and 12 HR. In this month, Brown also became the first Phillie to ever win back-to-back player of the week awards and finished by earning the player of the month award for May.
But Brown’s dominance has not stopped there, as he added six more home runs, 21 RBI, 18 runs and another 30 hits in the month of June. And he already has three runs, three RBI, one home run and five hits in just 12 at-bats (as of July 4) in the month of July.
Of course, when selecting an All-Star, you want someone who will help you win the game and someone who is currently hot, both of which Brown clearly is.
If that is not enough of a reason to select him, then the stats should speak for themselves.
Among all NL position players, Brown is second in home runs (22), fifth in RBI (60), fifth in SLG (.549), fourth in total bases (173) and sixth in extra base hits (38). Brown is also third in AB per home run, knocking one out of the park every 14.3 times he comes to bat.
Now, these probably just seem like useless numbers or statistics. So to put them into a little bit of context, let’s look at how Brown compares to other NL outfielders, namely the three that were in the lead of voting as of the final (July 2) ballot update.
(1st) Carlos Beltran: 19 HR, 50 RBI, SLG (.537), total bases (160), XBH (30), AB/HR (15.7)
(2nd) Carlos Gonzalez: 23 HR (1st), 62 RBI (4th), SLG (.605 – 1st), total bases (199-1st), XBH (50 – 1st), AB/HR (14.3 – 2nd)
(3rd) Justin Upton: 15 HR, 38 RBI, SLG (.446), total bases (131), XBH (27), AB/HR (19.6)
As the stats show, Brown should be starting probably over Beltran and most certainly over Upton. But again, starters are chosen via a fan vote and at the last balloting, the relatively unknown Brown, was just in 15th place and almost assuredly out of contention.
They say numbers never lie and this is a case of exactly that. If Brown doesn’t make the ASG with his numbers, it will definitely be a huge disservice to the 25-year-old, but one that will come across as just another snub.
If Brown doesn’t get chosen by Bochy as a reserve, he will almost undoubtedly be chosen as one of the nominees. And with the Phillies’ success in that category (seven nominees, three winners), Brown still has a great shot to get into the All-Star Game.
At that point, however, he’ll just need the votes from Phillies nation.