Carlos Beltran is the most productive hitter in the New York Yankees’ lineup but is it sufficient enough for him to earn his ninth All-Star appearance?
The 39-year old right fielder leads the Bronx Bombers with 12 home runs, 26 runs, 31 RBI, and a .537 SLG%. When compared to the rest of the American League, he ranks second in home runs (12), tenth in hits (46), first in doubles (12), and his slugging percentage sits in second place among AL outfielders.
So, he’s arguably the MVP of his team right now and ranking among the top outfielders in the game (offensively) while conceivably being in his final season in baseball.
Unfortunately for Beltran, it’s going to come down to the fans voting and I just don’t envision many baseball fans casting their ballot with Beltran’s name in. Especially when he’s going up against fan favorites like Jose Bautista and Josh Reddick.
Despite the competition with outfielders in the AL, Beltran will make a reserve spot featuring an at-bat in a ballpark in which he has played 23 games at.