The Brewers Will Not Have A Position Player All-Star Starter
By Tyler Koerth
Fan voting for phase one of the MLB All-Star game player selection is officially over and the results are in for the Brewers. The top three vote getters at each position advance onto phase two to determine the games starters.
Unfortunately, the Brewers will not have a position player representing them in Colorado this year.
With no All Star Game in 2020, the last time selections were made in 2019 the Brewers had hitters Mike Moustakas, Christian Yelich, and Yasmani Grandal representing the team. Of that crew, just Yelich remains but with having spent a substantial amount of time on the IL, and still finding his groove, it makes sense that fans didn’t vote him in this year.
Of the remainder of the Brewers team, Avisail Garcia, Omar Narvaez, and Kolten Wong all were making a case to be All-Stars this season.
Garcia is currently the Brewers team leader in hits (58), home runs (14), and runs batted in (43). He has been hitting clean-up most of the season and often times comes through when the Brewers need a timely hit. Unfortunately he was not one of the top nine outfielders in votes.
Among NL catchers, Narvaez is fifth in hits (51), second in OBP (.394), and second in OPS at .856. Despite this he was unable to beat out finalists Buster Posey, Yadier Molina, and Willson Contreras.
Perhaps the biggest snub is Kolton Wong. While there is no arguing that Ozzie Albies and Adam Frazier are deserving, Wong has clearly out performed Gavin Lux. Wong has collected five more hits (57) in 29 less at bats and has a higher OPS (.839 as compared to Lux’s .681). Wong is yet to be an All-Star in his nine year career.
While it is disappointing that the Brewers will not have a position player representing them in this years All-Star game starting lineup, there still is very good shot that multiple pitchers will make the roster. However, pitchers are selected by a combination of Player Ballot choices and selections made by the Commissioner’s Office. This will be announced at a later date.
In 2019, pitchers Brandon Woodruff and Josh Hader were All-Stars that year as well. Hader ended up opting out due to back tightness. Odds are both will be returning this year and hopefully Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta will be joining them.
All star game rosters will be announced officially on July 4th. The MLB All-Star Game is Monday, July 13 at Coors Field.