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The Rockies could also have a reliever and a young position player become All-Stars.
The Rockies closer is the oldest player on the team but his 2020 season was one of the few bright spots in the Rockies bullpen in 2020. He pitched to a 3.65 ERA in 23 games with six saves. He had a FIP of 3.64, an ERA+ of 145, struck out 9.9 batters and walked 3.6 per nine innings.
While making an All-Star team as a reliever is extremely difficult, it would be a great continuation of Bard’s story of coming back to the majors after seven years, being a coach for a few seasons with Arizona, becoming the Comeback Player of the Year, and then becoming an All-Star for the first time in his career at the age of 36 (at the time of the All-Star Game).
In the wake of the Nolan Arenado trade, the Rockies are relying on Ryan McMahon to step up to try and replace Arenado both defensively and offensively.
Those will be huge shoes to fill but if the Rockies are going to “shock the world,” in the words of Kyle Freeland, the Rockies are going to be relying on their young players on offense to take a leap forward and there may be no other guy with more pressure on him 2021 than Ryan McMahon.
If he can even produce to 80-90 percent of Arenado before 2020, McMahon could also find himself in Atlanta in July.