Colorado Rockies 2B DJ LeMahieu Named To National League All Star Team
By Bobby DeMuro
June 26, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies second baseman D. LeMahieu (9, left) completes a double play as San Francisco Giants second baseman J. Panik (12) slides into second base during the fourth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies’ second baseman — who started the year hot at the plate — rode the wave to make his first All Star team in a bit of a surprise selection.
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In a bit of a surprise selection, Colorado Rockies’ second baseman DJ LeMahieu was elected to the National League All Star Team on Monday night, making his first All Star Game and representing the Rockies and the NL in Cincinnati next week.
He’ll be a reserve second baseman to starter Dee Gordon from the Miami Marlins.
LeMahieu, who was selected along with Nolan Arenado, enjoyed a part of history on Monday, when the two of them became only the second Rockies’ infield tandem ever to play in the same All Star Game. Jeff Cirillo and Todd Helton played in the 2000 All Star Game together.
At present, the Colorado Rockies can add a third infielder, too — Troy Tulowitzki is part of the Final Vote with fans, and Rockies fans can still vote him in to represent the club in Cincinnati next week, as well.
But as for LeMahieu — who rode a hot start to the season into the game — made it into the game by letting his numbers and play show off, instead of relying on a fan vote for popularity. While he spent the majority of the season thus far hitting above .300, he had tailed off recently, batting .298 entering play on Tuesday with 34 RBIs.
Both of those numbers were good enough for third and fourth in the NL, respectively, among second basemen, though, so he was clearly in good company.
Congrats to DJ on his accomplishment!