2013 MLB All-Star Game Candidates

by David Culver | Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
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2013 MLB All-Star Game

Baseball is only a month old, and it’s already time to start submitting your ballots for the 2013 All-Star Game in New York City.

Below are two Hot Corner bloggers’ opinions on players they think should be in this year’s game.

David Culver:

Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks First Baseman

Goldy was a long-shot to make the team in 2011, and the call up came as a big surprise. Since then, he has been a dominating force at the plate and at the corner infield. At 25, he’ll be around the organization for a while (plus, he just signed a 5-year, $32 million contract). Last year, he was one of the Top 25 National League players in six different categories (AVG; OBP; SLG; OPS; Walks; and Doubles).

This year, he already has a .292 batting average, .387 OBP, 5 home runs, 19 RBI’s, and on the fielding side, he is maintaining 1.000 Fielding Percentage, 0 Errors, and been a part of 24 Double Plays.

Goldschmidt has carved himself into the Diamondbacks roster, and this should reflect on his All-Star chances.

Runner-ups for the Diamondbacks: Gerardo Parra; Martin Prado

 Paul Jack:

Addison Reed, Chicago White Sox Closer

The White Sox are dangerously close to the gift of one all star, only because each team gets one.  I had to pick one and it was a fairly easy pick.  Early on Reed has been solid posting a perfect 10-10 in save opportunities.  He has 17k’s in 13 innings with a sparkling 1.38 ERA and a .174 average against.  None of the starters are worthy, on offense Rios has 6 homers and 6sb with only 17 k’s, but that .265 avg is not all star worthy.

Jeff Samardzija, Chicago Cubs Starter

Same thing for the Cubs, nobody on offense is deserving.  Rizzo has 8 homers but his .243 avg impresses nobody.  Pitchers have a couple decent choices with Travis Wood and Carlos Villanueva both posting sub 3 era’s but I will take Jeff Samardzija he only has one win but his era is under 4 and he 47 punchouts.

If MLB didn’t have the 1 all star from each team rule, Chicago might be shut out.

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David Culver is an avid baseball fan married to a beautiful woman who puts up with his fandom. He received his degree in English from ASU. Follow David on Twitter @dfculver

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