Kyle Schwarber of the Philadelphia Phillies was voted by his peers to be included in the National League All-Star team on Sunday. Check out the best new sportsbooks for betting on baseball!
While he said he was honored, Schwarber said Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola, Seranthony Dominguez, and Rhys Hoskins should also be on the team. Wheeler and Nola ranked fourth and fifth for NL starting pitchers in Fangraphs WAR.
“Obviously, it’s always something you want to be in your profession,” he said when asked about his All-Star status. “I think that there’s a lot more All-Stars in this room that are very deserving of it and it’s kind of a shame. Hopefully, they can get in some way.”
Schwarber was voted as the team’s second selection. Bryce Harper was also voted as the starting designated hitter. Unfortunately, he had to withdraw due to a broken left thumb.
“It’s definitely an honor to represent the Phillies,” Schwarber said. “I don’t think I’d be here without the people around me, teammates and staff. This is something that goes around the whole room for everyone.”
The 29-year-old Schwarber made his first All-Star team last year with the Washington Nationals but did not play in the game since he injured his right hamstring. He said he was excited to play in this year’s game.
Schwarber has been invited to participate in the Home Run Derby event the night before the All-Star game. He said he was undecided whether to attend the event.
“I’m up in the air right now, I’d say 50-50,” he said. “I’ll make a decision in the next couple of days. I want to see how my body is. It’s a bucket list thing. I did it once in 2018, and it’s fun. But it’s also taxing. You weigh the pros and cons.”
Schwarber received and signed a four-year contract worth $78 million with the Phillies in March. He proved to have a significant impact on the team with his productivity and leadership capabilities in his first season in Philadelphia.
In June, he scored 12 homers and 27 runs while recording an OPS of 1,065. He was also voted as an NL Player of the Month. The Phillies went 19-8 against the Atlanta Braves in June, going from demotivated eight games under .500 to an energetic three games over.
While Wheeler is not selected to join the All-Star team, he is still having a great season. He has not allowed a run in 14 innings over two starts this month and ranks fifth in the NL in ERA (2.46) and 10th in WHIP (1.05).
Regardless, he appeared to be somewhat disappointed with his exclusion from the All-Star team.
“It would have been a privilege,” he said. “But it is what it is. I’ll spend time with my family.”
Wheeler may still be chosen as a fill-in. It is not unheard of for pitchers to back out of the All-Star Game because of their workload in the days leading up to the event.
Meanwhile, Nola ranks 14th with a 3.15 ERA but lands second in innings (111 1/3), third in strikeouts (120), and fourth in WHIP (0.93).
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