Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock Makes the NL All-Star Team

By Thomas Lynch

Jun 27, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock (11) breaks his bat as he pops out during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

About a week ago, I stated that A.J. Pollock would make the National League All-Star team.  Thanks to the wisdom of Bruce Bochy, my prediction came true. The Arizona Diamondbacks’ center fielder will be off to Cincinnati next week to participate in his first Mid-Summer Classic.

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The other four D’back divisional rivals also had players that were named as reserves. Rookie Joc Pederson (Dodgers) and former Snake Justin Upton (Padres) join Pollock in the outfield. Third baseman Nolan Arenado (Rockies) and shortstop Brandon Crawford (Giants), who like Pollock, were selected for their first All-Star Games. Of course, AJ will not be the only member from Arizona to be represented on Tuesday, with Paul Goldschmidt having been voted in as the starter at first base.

Actually, 2014 should have been the first time Pollock made the All-Star Game. He had two National League Player of the Week Awards in the span of two weeks when his season was interrupted by a Johnny Cueto fastball on May 30th. Good things come to those who wait.

Congratulations, A.J. Pollock, on a well-deserved honor.