A quartet of Rockies sluggers is headed to Cleveland for the All-Star Game on July 9.
Sunday, outfielders Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl, along with shortstop Trevor Story, were announced as reserves for the National League team. Third baseman Nolan Arenado was previously selected as a starter via a vote of the fans.
Blackmon and Story were both expected to make the team, but Dahl’s selection comes as a bit of a surprise, despite his excellent season. Dahl entered Sunday’s game against the Dodgers hitting .319 with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs. This will be his first All-Star Game.
Blackmon will be making his third consecutive appearance and fourth overall (he also made it in 2014). The right fielder entered Sunday’s game batting .334 with 19 home runs and 54 RBIs. Blackmon has had a torrid month of June, batting .409, with a .817 slugging percentage and 23 RBIs.
This marks Story’s second selection to the Midsummer Classic. He also made it last summer, hitting a home run in two at-bats in the game. Story, batting .294 with 17 home runs and 48 RBIs this season, is currently playing rehab games at Triple-A Albuquerque as he recovers from a sprained right thumb. He is expected to rejoin the Rockies on Tuesday when they host Houston.
After the starters were voted in by the fans last week, the remaining roster spots — 24 total in the NL, 23 in the AL — were filled via the players ballot and the commissioner’s office. The players ballot filled 16 of 24 available spots in the NL and 17 of 23 in the AL, with the commissioner’s office filling the remaining spots.
As has been the case since 2017, managers had no say in the construction of the all-star rosters.
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