Major League Baseball: Goldschmidt is a two-time All-Star
By JOE VOZZELLI
Daily Record Sports
This time around, Paul Goldschmidt didn’t have to wait to find out if he was an All Star.
Unlike last season when the former Texas State Bobcat and current Arizona Diamondback first baseman was a managerial selection, Goldschmidt garnered more than enough support from fans.
Goldschmidt will start at first base for the National League during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. First pitch for the midsummer classic is set for 7 p.m. on July 15.
“I’m sure it’s going to be another one of many,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson told MLB.com. “He’s a great choice. There’s conversations that are going to go on about whether certain guys were the right choices or not. Paul won’t be one of them. The consensus is he’s earned it. We’ll be excited to see him play.”
The now two-time All Star received more than 3.5 million votes and will be the first Diamondback starter at an All-Star Game since 2001 (outfielder Luis Gonzalez).
Goldschmidt finished second last season in fan voting to Cincinnati’s Joey Votto. This season was different, however, as the Arizona first baseman took over the top spot early on and never looked back.
Maybe that was due to Goldschmidt’s recent hot streak at the plate.
The first baseman has reached base in 27 consecutive games, including a 2-for-3 game on Sunday versus the Atlanta Braves. During that game, Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer off Alex Wood in the third inning.
Goldschmidt is currently batting .310 with 32 doubles, 16 home runs and 58 RBI to go with 50 walks.