The Padres Wil Myers has certainly been hitting well enough to earn himself a nomination to the National League All Star Squad. In the past two weeks he has hit .333 with 13 runs scored, 7 home runs, 13 RBI, and 2 stolen bases for good measure.
The Padres first baseman still has an uphill climb in balloting. though – he is still not in the top 5 at first base for the NL, with the top spot going to the former Padre and current Cub Anthony Rizzo.
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What might be surprising is that after Rizzo is the Giants Brandon Belt, Paul Goldschmidt of the D’backs, Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers, and then…John Jaso of the Pirates. This is where All Star voting gets a little ridiculous.
John Jaso is hitting .285 with 3 HR and 20 RBI. Wil Myers if you recall has doubled that home run output and nearly the RBI output in the past TWO weeks!
Take a step back and you see the larger theme. The Giants, Cardinals, Dodgers, Cubs, and Pirates are sprinkled throughout nearly all of the positions. In the outfield, the Pirates have 3 of the top 15, the Cardinals have 2, Mets with 2, and the Cubs with 3 as well.
San Diego fans can we step up the voting? Go HERE now and vote Myers in at first base! You can vote 5 times a day for up to 35 votes.
Some people are taking notice. Anthony Castrovince listed Myers as one of seven 7 players who is ASG Worthy including C Wilson Ramos, the Tigers Ian Kinsler, Rangers Ian Desmond, Dodgers rookie SS Corey Seager, Indians super shortstop Francisco Lindor, the Rockies Carlos Gonzalez and Myers. He writes about Myers:
"“But it’s still pretty nuts that Myers hasn’t even cracked the top five despite being tied for second among NL first basemen in homers, first in runs (43), fourth in average, third in slugging and first in fWAR (2.4). He has revived a career that, between injuries, poor performance and another trade, went wayward after his 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Award-winning run with the Rays.”"
I agree! He was named as another Padres ASG Ambassador, coming amid rumors that the Padres would be open to trading him. I am not in agreement with this idea at all. Last year the Reds hosted the All Star Game and made Todd Frazier their Ambassador as he wowed the crowds and won the Home Run Derby. Now he is hitting moon shots on the South Side of Chicago. Hopefully Myers makes the All Star Game as a player and stays with San Diego long into the future.