There is no question that first base in the National League is going to be a crowded position when it comes to selecting participants for the upcoming MLB All-Star Game. However, thanks in part to a recent power surge at the plate, Colorado Rockies first baseman C.J. Cron is making sure that his name stays not only in the conversation, but is a big part of the buzz as well.
Can Colorado Rockies first baseman C.J. Cron make his first-ever All-Star Game appearance in 2022?
Cron has been on a tear over the last two games for the Colorado Rockies, hitting three home runs and driving in seven to boost his totals on the season to 20 homers and 65 RBI, both numbers that lead the team. The 32-year-old Cron did all of the damage for the Rockies in a 6-5 home win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, belting a pair of three-run long balls to give the Rockies the series win.
Those 20 homers make Cron one of 11 players in all of Major League Baseball to have that number of home runs or more this season. His 65 RBI are tied for second in all of baseball with Paul Goldschmidt and just four behind Pete Alonso.
While Cron is putting up solid numbers, the field at first base includes plenty of big names with big power, including MVP candidate Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals and two-time Home Run Derby champion Alonso of the New York Mets. Those were the two finalists to compete for the starting job in a voting process which begins Tuesday.
Freddie Freeman of the Los Angeles Dodgers (10 homers, 50 RBI) and Matt Olson of the Atlanta Braves (12 homers, 45 RBI) are also having strong seasons, but neither have put up the numbers at the position like Cron has posted. Christian Walker of the Arizona Diamondbacks has more homers (21) but fewer RBI (42).
With all of that in mind, could Cron be a third first baseman for the National League, earning his first-ever trip to the Midsummer Classic?
With the Rockies playing the next two days in Los Angeles (the site of this year’s MLB All-Star Game), if Cron can continue to produce at the plate, it’s very possible he will be back at Chavez Ravine two weeks from Tuesday as a representative of the National League.