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Preparing for an All-Star game without a Dodgers position player

June 17, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp was elected an All-Star starter in 2011 and 2012 but won't make the NL team this year.
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp was elected an All-Star starter in 2011… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

Are you ready for an All-Star game sans a single Dodgers position player?

Best get prepared. There will be no Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier on the team this season, nor does it appear there will be any other everyday Dodgers player.

The Dodgers probably will have starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, and possibly Hyun-Jin Ryu, on the National League squad. But if they expect to look around the clubhouse and find any other familiar face, they could be in for disappointment.

No Dodger has appeared among the top five vote-getters at any position in the ongoing All-Star voting, or among the top 15 in the outfield.

And, with possibly one exception, this is as it should be.

The last-place Dodgers have a better record than only five teams in the major leagues. They are the only team with a sub-.500 record (29-39) in the National League West.

They don’t have a single non-pitcher whose numbers demand he be placed on the All-Star team. The lone possible exception is Adrian Gonzalez, who leads the Dodgers in home runs (eight), RBIs (44), doubles (14), hits (71) and walks (25) and is hitting .303.

The trouble is first base is, as usual, loaded, with Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis' Allen Craig and Atlanta's Freddie Freeman having driven in more runs, four players at the position having hit more homers and three with more hits.

Gonzalez has numbers that make him worthy, but if the NL takes only two or three first basemen, he likely will have to sit out.

The Dodgers lead all of baseball in attendance, yet that famous fan base has been notoriously blase about voting its players into the All-Star game.

There has been some movement for Yasiel Puig to be added to the All-Star roster, which is beyond silly. You’re supposed to earn your way into the game. Through no fault of his own, Puig missed the first two months of the season. You don’t become an All-Star based on one month, however exciting.

Puig will have to watch the All-Star game, likely along with the rest of his position teammates.

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