Will Brewers’ bats be missed at this year’s All-Star Game?
The lone Brewers’ representative for this year’s All-Star Game will be closer Francisco Rodriguez. The National League may regret not adding a Brewer bat like Adam Lind, Gerardo Parra or even Ryan Braun to this year’s squad.
Over the last five All-Star Games, players representing the Milwaukee Brewers have been the most productive of the 30 MLB teams. Need proof? Here’s a look at the number of All-Star Game hits and RBIs from players representing each of the 30 MLB teams in the last five ASG (2010-14).
7: Milwaukee, St. Louis
5: Detroit, NY Yankees
4: Atlanta, Boston, LA Angeles, NY Mets, San Francisco, Texas
3: LA Dodgers
2: Baltimore, Colorado, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Toronto
1: Arizona, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Kansas City, Oakland, Philadelphia
0: Chicago Cubs, Miami, San Diego, Seattle, Washington
6: Milwaukee, San Francisco
2: Detroit, LA Angels
1: Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Houston, LA Dodgers, NY Yankees, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Toronto
0: Arizona, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati, Colorado, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, NY Mets, Oakland, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Texas, Washington
Brewers players are one of 10 teams that have a All-Star Game batting average over .300 in the past five All-Star Games. The Brewers are seven-for-21, a .333 average. The other teams: Atlanta (four-for-13 .308), LA Angels (four-for-12 .333), LA Dodgers (three-for-nine .333), Minnesota (two-for-six .333), NY Mets (four-for-10 .400), NY Yankees (five-for-16 .313), San Francisco (four-for-10 .400), St. Louis (seven-for-20 .350), Tampa Bay (two-for-five .400).
Of the five teams listed above that did not have a hit in an All-Star Game from 2010-14, the Chicago Cubs and Washington have had the longest drought at the ASG. Both the Cubs and Nationals have not had a hit from one of their players in the All-Star Game since 2007. The Marlins and Padres have not had an All-Star Game hit since 2008; the Mariners have not had a hit in the ASG since 2009.
One final note: The Royals this year will have four players in the starting line-up for the American League. Hopefully they can tack on a few ASG hits considering that the Royals bats have been virtually absent over the past several years. Consider this: KC’s Salvador Perez got a hit in the 2013 ASG for the Royals. It was the first hit for a Royals player in the All-Star Game since Bo Jackson had a pair of hits in the 1989 ASG.
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