Baseball is a sport that is known for its flukes. Each year, players from both leagues pop onto the scene only to fall on their face the very next season, thus being remembered with thoughts of what could have been. With that being said, the 2013 MLB All-Star Game is right around the corner and there are a few top-notch players that don’t quite have the fame that some players carry.
Given the surge that both the Oakland Athletics and the Arizona Diamondbacks have been on this year, it’s only right that the two teams are represented well in the Midsummer Classic. With that being said, Jed Lowrie and Paul Goldschmidt have been the driving forces behind each team’s success, respectively. In particular, the 20 home runs and .302 batting average that Goldie currently owns shows just how productive the first baseman has been.
In Lowrie’s case, this certain shortstop has propelled the A’s to a first-place spot in the AL West. A table-setter, Lowrie has been excellent with the bat and can play up to four positions as well!
The Milwaukee Brewers have a budding star in Jean Segura and the 23-year-old shortstop will soon be a household name. If the voting is done correctly in 2013, No. 9 will be representing the Brewers in this year’s All-Star game.
Moving forward, the 2013 season of Hisashi Iwakuma has been overshadowed by fellow Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. The Seattle Mariners‘ woeful record doesn’t help, but Iwakuma’s dazzling 2.42 ERA should be rewarded with an All-Star nod this year. Besides, Seattle has very few All-Star worthy players and Iwakuma is undoubtedly the most deserving as he leads all of the Mariners’ starters in ERA and is tied for the lead in starts with 17.