S.T. LOUIS – Friday’s announcement of the MLB All-Star Game Starters proved to be good news / bad news for the Cardinals, as superstar Paul Goldschmidt was tabbed as the first baseman in the National League, while Nolan Arenadola lost to the San Diego team. Manny Machado for a starting job on the third base.
Arenado, a nine-time Gold Glove winner looking for a seventh All-Star pick, received 49 percent of the vote, compared to Machado’s 51 percent, per ESPN. Arenado, who won the NL Player of the Month award in April and hit for the second cycle of his career last week, grew up in Southern California and still hopes to play in the July 19 All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium. It can be added as an NL reserve.
The full All-Star rosters will be announced on the 2022 Chevrolet MLB All-Star Selection Show on Sunday 4:30 pm CT ESPN.
The May NL Player of the Month Goldsmith received 67 percent of the Phase 2 fan vote for the inaugural first-base job. Leading candidate for the NL MVP award, Goldschmidt was rewarded for his outstanding first half as he easily defeated Pete Alonso (33 percent), the first baseman of the Mets.
“[Goldschmidt] There is a stud. It would have been nice to have him on that team, “Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said ahead of Friday’s announcement.
Goldsmith is the seventh all-star in his career, but it will be his first participation as a cardinal in the Midsummer Classic. He formed the NL All-Star team every year from 2013-18 with D-Back.
Goldsmith, 34, is enjoying the best season of his MLB career. He entered the NL lead on Friday in batting average (.342), on-base percentage (.427), slugging (.619), bWAR (4.8) and hit (105). He is second (65) in RBI, second in doubles (28) and seventh (19) in home runs.
“Tonight is a bit bitter as to the way we played, but I’m definitely appreciative,” Goldsmith told Philadelphia on Friday after the Cardinals’ 2-0 defeat. “There are a lot of great players out there, so it’s a great honor and I’m just thankful.”
Cardinals second baseman / shortstop Tommy Adman, one of the leading league leaders in the WAR and has saved defensive runs most seasons, is a strong candidate known as the NL reserve. Ryan Helsley, who has allowed just one home run and three earned runs from the bullpen all season, is also a favorite to make the team.
Halesley, who played well in front of NL All-Star Game manager Brian Snyder this week in Atlanta, said: “It would be great to experience it all for the first time.”
Goldschmidt will be joined in the All-Star Game by teammate Albert Pujols, who was an MLB legacy selection with Tigers star Miguel Cabrera. This will be Pujol’s 11th All-Star Game Trip in his 22nd and final MLB season. Pujols said he was informed of the selection when MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred called him in person.
“I’ve enjoyed every game I’ve been to in the All-Star Games, from the first to the last game, which I know I will enjoy,” said Pujols, who has pulled in an extra base this week. The third Cardinal veteran in MLB history, Stan Musical (1,377 XBH), was hit with a draw. “It’s something I’ve always had a lot of respect for and I’m really excited to be a part of something big this year.”
“I’m delighted that Pujols will be honored to have the opportunity to play in the All-Star Game,” Goldschmidt said.
“It’s awesome, and I don’t know if anyone deserves more than him,” Goldschmidt said of Pujols. “He’s a great player, great for the game and a great teammate. I can’t say enough great things about him and I hope he enjoys it. ”
Arenado got off to a good start, cooling off in June and shining again in July while playing Gold Glove-level third base again for the Cardinals. In Philadelphia last week, he needed just four bats to hit for the second cycle of his career. A day later, even in Philadelphia, Arenado started a historic streak of four consecutive home runs for the Cardinals. Then, equalizing in ninth, Arenado blasted a game-winning home run. It was the 22nd time in his career that Arenado played a multi-homer game.
Going into Friday’s game, Arenado’s slash line was .292 / .357 / .529, as well as NL (just behind Goldschmidt) second in WAR (4.3), 11th in RBIs (55) and 17th in home runs. ). Arenado was the NL All-Star in 2021 – his first with the Cardinals – and was selected every season from 2015-19.