Jul 6, 2014 8:21 PM by Richie Melby (email@example.com)
2014 has had few bright spots for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but Paul Goldschmidt has given fans reason to cheer this season. The first baseman was rewarded Sunday by being named a starter for the National League team in the upcoming MLB All-Star Game.
Goldschmidt earned the start via fan voting and will become the first Dbacks starter since Luis Gonzalez in 2001. He was the lone Arizona player selected for the 2014 game.
"It speaks more to the fans than anything I've done," Goldschmidt said. "They were out voting and at our stadium voting and online voting and everything else. Some of the stories I've heard, where fans are voting tons of times, I'm definitely thankful for the support that they had and just grateful for that."
Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks in batting average (.310), home runs (16), RBI's (58) and runs (64) this season. He went 2-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Braves.
Major League Baseball's All-Star Game is Tuesday, July 15th in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Here are the remaining players for this year's All-Star Game announced on Sunday:
National League Position Players
C: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
2B: Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
3B: Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
OF: Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers
OF: Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
Troy Tulowitzki got the most votes in the NL, with 5.35 million.
National League Pitchers
Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres
Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals
Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves
Jeff Samardzija, Chicago Cubs (now with the Oakland Athletics; will be inactive for the All-Star Game)
Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves
Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds
Tony Watson, Pittsburgh Pirates
Francisco Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers
Pat Neshek, St. Louis Cardinals
American League Position Players
C: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals (replacing Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles due to injury)
1B: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
2B: Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
3B: Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics
SS: Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
OF: Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
OF: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anahem
OF: Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
DH: Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles
Jose Bautista was the leading vote-getter in the AL with 5.85 million.
American League Pitchers
Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox
David Price, Tampa Bay Rays
Scott Kazmir, Oakland Athletics
Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays
Sean Doolittle, Oakland Athletics
Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals
Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins
Dellin Betances, New York Yankees