Well, Milwaukee Brewers fans, we did it. Jesus Aguilar is taking his first half MVP caliber stats to Washington D.C to become Milwaukee’s fourth representative in this year’s Midsummer Classic.
After being claimed off of waivers in the spring of 2017, Aguilar burst onto the scene during the preseason. He blasted seven home-runs and made such a great early impression that he had a legitimate first base battle take place between him and newly signed Eric Thames.
Aguilar made the 25 man roster and would start out as a pure bench player that could be a good pinch hitter if needed. He would appear in 133 games and slash .265/.331/.505 to go along with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs. He clearly made quite the impression on the Milwaukee Brewers front office and opened the eyes of some die-hard fans.
Going into his 2018 spring training, Aguilar had to yet again fight his way onto a 25 man roster. Luckily, he did just that and his incredible story writes itself from there on out.
The Final Vote
Aguilar, frankly, should’ve been named to the All Star team the first time around, but he was instead put onto the ballot for the Final Vote. Aguilar had to face off against breakout star Max Muncy, and other big name players like Trea Turner, Brandon Belt and Matt Carpenter.
While he had the best statistics of any of the players, winning the vote was not a guarantee. But the Milwaukee Brewers fan base showed out in full force to elect Jesus Aguilar to his first career All Star team.
What were the results?
Aguilar won the final spot on the All Star roster with an astounding 20.2 million votes. That was just the second highest total in the Final Vote history, behind Justin Turner‘s 20.8 million a few years ago.
Where the other players finished behind him in the voting is unknown, but it seems reasonable to assume that Aguilar won in a landslide.
Aguilar has shown quite the theatrics during his current breakout season. So far, he has a .302/.369/1.000 slash line. He has belted two walk-off home-runs and he leads the league in quite a few offensive categories.
The fact that his All-Star bid came down to a final vote is a bit of a travesty for major league baseball. He is clearly an up and coming star and if he keeps this type of production up we could see bigger and brighter honors in his future.