By: Nick Wells
Voting for this year’s All-Star Game is now underway, with many players putting together all-star worthy campaigns. These are the Atlanta Braves that deserve to be in DC for the Midsummer Classic. I would write about each position player on the roster because my NL All-Star ballot is the entire Atlanta lineup but I’m a little biased. So, these are just a few suggestions/demands/vote for them or I’ll fight you/ideas as you fill out your own unique ballot.
1B, Freddie Freeman: You know I have to start with Freddie Longlegs. He’s batting .338 so far this year, which leads NL first basemen and is good for third in the NL overall. His .432 OBP leads the NL and his .993 OPS is second in the NL only behind Nolan Arenado. Freeman has solidified himself as one of the MLB’s premier sluggers and is an absolute vacuum on the first base bag. He stretches so far it wouldn’t surprise me to start seeing him turning double plays by stepping on two bases at once.
2B, Ozzie Albies: Ozzie needs to be in the capital and so does his dugout stool. His performance has cooled off lately, but he’s posted a .261/.308/.504 line with 14 home runs, tied with Javy Baez for the lead among NL second basemen. He’s also accumulated 135 total bases, which leads the NL (2nd place with 133 TB? Our good friend Frederick Freeman). Ozzie has a small stature, but a huge swing, and would be an exciting to see rounding the bases in DC against someone other than the Nationals.
RF, Nick Markakis: Kakes has already tied his 2017 home run total (8) this early in the season and leads NL right fielders in BA (.328), OPS (.890), total bases (123), and RBI (42). Nick’s also has 81 hits, second in the entire MLB, 3 behind Jose Altuve for first. He’s not the flashiest player on the field at all times, but he has been consistent at the plate and in the grass this year, and he’s actually even cracked a few smiles. It is just a real shame that Bryce Harper is going to have to sit on the bench, so Nick can get the start on July 17th.
I could make the case for more of the guys that are contributing to the Braves strong season, but I’ll leave you with these. To fill out your ballot, you can go to https://www.mlb.com/all-star/ballot to cast your vote. You can submit your votes up to 35 times total, and 5 times each day. Let your voice be heard in the one of the most important elections in recent history.
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