5 Philadelphia Phillies Who Belong on the 2014 NL All-Star Team

5 Philadelphia Phillies Who Belong on the 2014 NL All-Star Team

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When people think of the Philadelphia Phillies, the term “All-Star” isn't usually the first thing that leaps to mind. But despite the team having a rough first half of the season, there have been some players who have stood apart and played some remarkable baseball, so much so that they deserve to be considered for the All-Star Game. With that in mind, here are five Phillies who should be on the 2014 NL All-Star Team.

5. Antonio Bastardo

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5. Antonio Bastardo

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After experiencing a rough couple of seasons, Antonio Bastardo is having an outstanding comeback year. His ERA is down to 2.86 and he has become a solid setup man for closer Jonathan Papelbon, allowing only two hits and one earned run in his last ten games.

4. Carlos Ruiz

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4. Carlos Ruiz

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If there was one word to describe Carlos Ruiz, it would be consistency. His steady presence behind the plate and in the lineup has had a calming effect in an otherwise very chaotic season. He may not be the flashiest player, but he can always be depended on to get the job done.

3. Jimmy Rollins

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3. Jimmy Rollins

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Like Bastardo, Jimmy Rollins is having a great year after a season or two of injuries and subpar performance. He is batting .247 and has been playing some great defense at shortstop. Plus, he just became the Phillies' all-time hits leader. That has to count for something, right?

2. Cole Hamels

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2. Cole Hamels

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Cole Hamels has been the iron man of the starting pitching rotation, and in the wake of the injury to ace Cliff Lee, he has returned to the form that won him the World Series MVP in 2008. He has been pitching deep into games, often going well over 100 pitches to assure a victory and doing it with little or no run support, an issue he has been dealing with his entire career.

1. Chase Utley

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1. Chase Utley

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What else can you say about Chase Utley that hasn't been said before? He is batting .302, has kept his average over .300 for most of the season and is arguably the best second baseman currently playing in MLB. When someone wants to describe what the Phillies and playing baseball in Philadelphia is all about, you just show them a picture of Chase Utley.

David Goodman is a Philadelphia Phillies writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter at @PhillyGuyDave or add him to your circles on Google.

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