Jay Bruce Doesn't Need All-Star Nod To Prove He's A MLB Standout

By John Raffel
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Jay Bruce decided not to make a big deal out of not being chosen for the MLB All-Star game. That’s a wise decision for Bruce ,who’s having an excellent year for the Cincinnati Reds and doesn’t need to make it to the All-Star game to prove it. Bruce had two hits and two RBIs for the Reds in Wednesday’s 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. He’s now batting .272 this season with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs.

Hitting-wise, he’s having one of his better seasons. He batted .252 and .256 the past two seasons, had home run totals of more than 30 and barely missed hitting the 100 RBI mark. He wouldn’t be a bad All-Star pick, but Bruce realizes there are others going in the National League that deserve it. Others, like himself, won’t be going for a simple reason: they can’t take everyone.

Bruce needs to focus on staying productive for the Reds, who don’t have that many options lately when it comes to clutch hitting. After Wednesday’s win, they’re at 51-40 and Bruce still has one way he can atone for the disappointment of not making the All-State game: leading his team to the playoffs.

What makes Bruce so valuable is that he hasn’t fallen into any type of significant slump and keeps a  steady bat. He’ll have some hitless days but they don’t last long. Sooner or later, he’s going to come through with a key hit for the Reds’ offense. If they make a title run, the Reds know that Bruce will be among their top assets.

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