For the ninth time in sixteen years, the Arizona Diamondbacks have more than one player representing the team in the All-Star game. Over the past seven seasons, the D-backs have placed more than one player in the All-star game five times.
Tonight, it's first baseman, Paul Goldschmidt and starting pitcher, Pat Corbin. Two young players who not only deserve to be in New York, but are also deserving of starting roles on the National League roster.
While "Goldy" and Corbin won't start tonight at Citi Field, they should see considerable action. There's also an argument that Paul Goldschmidt should have been included in last night's Home Run Derby.
At the All-Star break, Goldy has 21 Home Runs and a National League leading 77 runs batted in. His 21 home runs (which are 4 th most in the National League and 10 th in all of major league baseball) are clearly enough to qualify him for the HR Derby. But for some reason, Paul was left off the roster. Included in the HR Derby, guys like Bryce Harper (13HR's), David Wright (13 HR's), and Prince Fielder (16 HR's).
According to baseball insiders, there's plenty of reason not to be a part of the Home Run Derby, but you'd think that this being Paul's first (of hopefully many) trips to the Mid-Summer Classic, he would have enjoyed being a part of it. (And he probably would have done well)
For Corbin, his third best E.R.A. (2.35) in baseball, and his 11 and 1 record so far this season, are obvious qualifiers. The Diamondbacks are 17-2 in his 19 starts this season, and he's leading the National League in win percentage (.917). It will certainly be fun to watch him throw an inning against the best players in the American League.
Both Goldschmidt and Corbin are first timers, but both are approachable, humble young guys. They have listened to all the advice that's been thrown their way and are trying to just take it all in.
Corbin seems to have absorbed all the advice and decided to take it to heart. "I'm not taking this for granted, I'm just looking forward to the next couple of days. I'm excited we're both here."
"I'm trying to soak it in," Goldschmidt said. "That's the advice everyone has given me. Who knows if I'll get to do it again?"
So tonight, sit back and enjoy watching two of the game's best… playing in their first All-Star game. And remember, they both play for your first place Arizona Diamondbacks!