Adrian Gonzalez leads the National League in slugging percentage and OPS. (Getty Images)
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez leads the National League in slugging percentage and OPS. He is tied for first in home runs, tied for second in RBIs and fifth in batting average.
Today, he represents the Dodgers’ best chance of having a starting position player in the 2015 All-Star Game in July.
The ballot was revealed Wednesday morning and it contained no surprises among the Dodgers’ contingent: Gonzalez, second baseman Howie Kendrick, shortstop Jimmy Rollins, third baseman Juan Uribe, catcher Yasmani Grandal, left fielder Carl Crawford, center fielder Joc Pederson and right fielder Yasiel Puig.
Balloting is online only this year for the first time ever.
The complete ballot is below:
Yasiel Puig didn’t hit any home runs in the Home Run Derby last night. (Getty Images)
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig didn’t hit any home runs at baseball’s annual Home Run Derby last night, but his bat had an impact.
All 10 participants in the derby teamed up to raise money for charity. With 82 total home runs hit during the competition (including 11 “FlexBall” home runs worth $10,000 each), Gillette and Major League Baseball combined to raise $465,000 to charity, according to the league.
Per an MLB release, the funds will be distributed as follows:
- $50,000 to Yoenis Cespedes’ charity of choice for winning the competition
- $95,000 to Minneapolis Boys & Girls Club programs and MLB “Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities” (RBI) program
- $20,000 to the charities of choice for each of Cespedes’ Derby teammates
- $25,000 to NL Captain Troy Tulowitzki’s charity of choice
- $25,000 to AL Captain Jose Bautista’s charity of choice
- $8,000 to the charities of choice for each of the NL participants
- The balance of the funds raised will be split between RBI & Boys & Girls Clubs of America
A Dodgers spokesperson said that Puig hasn’t chosen his charity yet.
Clayton Kershaw has a no-hitter and a streak of 41 consecutive scoreless innings but won’t start the All-Star game tomorrow night in Minneapolis. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Clayton Kershaw won’t start the All-Star Game for the National League despite throwing a no-hitter amid 41 consecutive scoreless innings this season.
And it came as little surprise.
National League manager Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals chose his own pitcher, Adam Wainwright, to start the game tomorrow night. Wainwright is 12-4 with a 1.83 earned-run average. Kershaw is 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA, best in the major leagues. It’s a bit reminiscent of last year, when the All-Star Game was played at Citi Field and New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey got the start over Kershaw despite similar credentials.
It’s no secret that managers look at more than just the numbers.
“If I’m Mike Matheny, I probably start my own guy. If I’m me, I start my guy,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday, when asked for his pick to start the game. “If I’m Bud Black, I’m starting Despanga [Odrisamer Despaigne] or whatever his name is.”
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, who is taking part in tonight’s home run derby at Target Field, is batting second and playing right field. Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon and pitcher Zack Greinke are also on the National League roster.
The full lineups for both teams: