Gomez, Ramirez, K-Rod, Lucroy to represent Brewers at ASG
Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez (left), third baseman Aramis Ramirez (second from left), closer Francisco Rodriguez (second from right) and catcher Jonathan Lucroy were selected for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.
For the first time since 2007 and the fifth time in franchise history, the Milwaukee Brewers will be represented by four players at Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.
Center fielder Carlos Gomez and third baseman Aramis Ramirez were voted to start the All-Star Game by the fans, while catcher Jonathan Lucroy and closer Francisco Rodriguez were selected as reserves by the players’ ballot.
The Brewers last had four All-Stars in 2007 when Francisco Cordero, Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy and Ben Sheets went to the game in San Francisco. Milwaukee also had four All-Star representatives in 1980, 1982 and 1983.
Oakland has the most All-Stars with six, while the Brewers, Reds, Dodgers and Cardinals each will have four representatives at the All-Star Game on June 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Elected to the All-Star Game for the second consecutive season, Gomez is hitting .299 with 13 home runs, 21 doubles and three triples with 45 RBI and 14 stolen bases. The 28-year-old was picked as a reserve for the All-Star Game at Citi Field in 2013, meaning his first two All-Star appearances will come in the ballparks of the two teams that traded him.
Gomez received the second-most votes among National League outfielders, just behind Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen. Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers will join Gomez and McCutchen in the outfield for the National League.
With a late surge in votes, Ramirez is an All-Star for the third time, as he started for the National League in 2005 and was a reserve in 2008. Ramirez will be the first third baseman in Brewers history to start the All-Star Game, edging New York’s David Wright in the fan voting.
Ramirez is hitting .287 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI despite missing 22 games with a hamstring injury in May and June.
Lucroy’s .329 batting average is second in the National League behind Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki. The 28-year-old has 30 doubles on the season, tied with Johnny Bench and Joe Mauer for the most doubles by a primary catcher prior to the All-Star break.
He’ll be making his first trip to the All-Star Game but it won’t be as a starter, as Lucroy finished second to St. Louis’ Yadier Molina in the fan vote.
Signed late in the offseason to a one-year contract, Rodriguez is an All-Star for the fifth time in his career. Rodriguez is tied with Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel for the most saves in baseball with 27 and has a 2.34 ERA.
Rodriguez’s spring training was altered first by turmoil in his home country of Venezuela causing him to report late. He was further derailed by stepping on a cactus in Arizona and wasn’t at full strength when the season rolled around.
Nonetheless, Rodriguez surprisingly stepped the closer’s role for Jim Henderson on Opening Day and has converted 27 of 30 save chances for the Brewers. The 32-year-old last made the All-Star Game in 2009 as a member of the Mets after three trips (2004, 2007, 2008) with the Angels.
Brewers starter Kyle Lohse was not chosen by the players or by National League manager Mike Matheny, but the right-hander still may have some hope of making his first trip to the All-Star Game.
Teams will likely change their rotations between now and then, but Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto, San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner, San Diego’s Tyson Ross and Atlanta’s Julio Teheran are all currently scheduled to start the Sunday before the break, making them ineligible for the All-Star Game. Lohse would be one of a handful of deserving candidates to be picked as a replacement for any ineligible pitchers.