Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is a special talent in the today’s game of baseball. The 24-year-old can literally do it all — hit, field, dive into the stands, you name it. What’s more disturbing is the fact that Nolan isn’t even in the top three regarding third baseman in the National League All-Star Ballot. Instead, he is sitting at the number four spot which is a disgrace.
Last night (June 26) in the series opener against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, Arenado hit not one, but two home runs in Colorado’s 8-6 victory, including four RBI’s. What’s even more impressive is that Arenado is riding a 13-game hitting streak entering play on Saturday.
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With that being said, Arenado has raised his average nearly 33 points since the last time Colorado saw San Francisco, which was back on May 22-24 — a little over a month. Over the last seven days, Arenado has hit .391 (9-for-23) with one double, one triple, four home runs and 9 RBI’s. Over the last ten games however, Arenado has belted out six home runs to go along with 14 RBI’s and 14 runs scored.
Arenado is currently behind Matt Carpenter (St. Louis Cardinals), Todd Frazier (Cincinnati Reds) and Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs) in that order. Don’t get me wrong, all three of those third baseman are well deserving of an All-Star spot, just not over Nolan Arenado. Let’s compare the players, shall we?
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(Stats as of 6/27)
As you can tell by the stats, the only player that is relatively close to Arenado production wise is Reds third baseman Todd Frazier. It’s about being the best overall player, right? Or is it just a popularity contest (which it is). If we are talking about production, Arenado has driven in nearly 12 more runs than Frazier has with both playing in exactly 71 games up until this point. Just a FYI, Arenado is second in the National League in terms of runs batted in with 64 — three behind Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
Arenado is the best fielder out of the group as well and it’s no surprise as he is well on his way to earning his third-straight Gold Glove Award.
This isn’t a knock on Frazier as we all know he is a fantastic player and should be in Cincinnati on July 14 as well, but c’mon, this voting process is straight-up terrible. Especially when you look over to the American League side of the bracket, seven out of the eight positioned players were Kansas City Royals? Give me a break. Sure it shows just how passionate Royals’ fans are to their club, but to a fault in the voting process.
No matter how you roll the dice, Nolan Arenado deserves to be at the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. And if he doesn’t make the Midsummer Classic, I am starting a riot and you all are welcomed to join.