The Arizona Diamondbacks are in first place at the All-Star break and it must feel that the 2.5 game lead is 10 after the charges they have withstood to stay there. Without a doubt their first place stay hasn’t been leisurely as one team or another has been close to them seemingly the entire time. As close as the National League West is the DBacks owe a lot of their success to their two representatives to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game; Paul Goldschmidt and Patrick Corbin.
Though it might seem like these two are just getting to know each other, the two best players on the Diamondbacks team have actually known each other for a few years. They played on the same minor league teams together. From the time Corbin was brought in about July of 2010, they have played together for the most part. How great that the two long time teammates are now the leaders of the Diamondbacks first place run?
Not every team that sends a couple of guys to the All-Star Game will be able to say that there two best players are there but that is certainly the case here. Offensively Goldschmidt has been a clutch hitting and RBI machine. He is impressive enough to be selected a couple of hundred votes ahead of Joey Votto on the MLB Players All-Star Ballot and actually deserves to start at first base in spite of the fans voting Votto there ahead of him.
Corbin won’t be the starter for the N.L. All-Star team but that is also something that probably should have gone the other way. From a standpoint of trying to win the game it is great to have both guys, both Corbin and Matt Harvey. I just think that Corbin’s first half has been better and he should have been chosen as the starter. Regardless of where they play during the big All-Star contest both Goldschmidt and Corbin are thankful to be recognized as some of the best players in MLB.