Major league baseball’s All-Star Game will be played next month in Kansas City. Each team gets at least one representative.
So why shouldn’t South Effingham High alum Josh Reddick be the Oakland Athletics’ delegate to the Midsummer Classic?
It is unlikely the Athletics will get multiple players on the American League All-Star team. Brandon McCarthy has an earned run average of 2.95, good by any standard and particularly outstanding in the AL. He’s walked just 16 batters in 58 innings (as of Wednesday afternoon). But he’s only 3-3.
Grant Balfour, the closer, has seven saves and has given up only 18 hits in 25 1/3 innings. His earned run average, 3.55, is a tad high for a closer, however.
And the only position player with a batting average over .250 is Josh Reddick. He leads the team with 14 home runs — no one else on the club has more than five. He has 27 runs batted in — the next nearest total is 21. His OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) is .898 — the next closest member of the A’s has an OPS of .753.
Reddick also leads the team in hits and runs, and also is 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts this year. He’s thrown out five runners this season, too.
Reddick’s homer total through Tuesday night has him tied for seventh in the majors.
So if you want to vote for Josh Reddick, go to www.mlb.com and click on All-Star Ballot. Scroll down to the Outfield section, and Josh will be on the left-hand side. Click on his button and vote for whoever else you want to see in the All-Star Game. You can vote up to 25 times.
So vote early. And vote often.
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