Papelbon is named Phillies lone All-Star

Jonathan Papelbon was named the Phillies lone 2015 NL All-Star.

Jonathan Papelbon was named the Phillies lone 2015 NL All-Star.

Major League Baseball announced that Jonathan Papelbon was named the Phillies lone All-Star this season, the sixth nod to the mid-summer game for the closer.

Papelbon has a 1.65 ERA this season with a perfect save record, 14-for-14 over 31 appearances.

The closer has previously made the National League All-Star team as a Phillie in 2012 and with the Red Sox from 2006-2009.

With the Phillies, he is in his final year of his four-year, $50 million contract, but he is just 20 games finished away from having a fifth-year, $13 million option vest for 2016.

In the MLB, Papelbon is ranked 18th in ERA.

Going into Monday, many thought it was a very tough choice between Papelbon, starting pitcher Cole Hamels and third baseman Maikel Franco, who have been the three bright spots for the Phillies this season.

Interim Manager Pete Mackanin believes that Papelbon is the most deserving candidate to represent the Phillies at the All-Star Game.

“The save numbers aren’t there, but when you look at the other numbers, he’s been very efficient,” Mackanin said in an interview with a reporter. “He’s the first guy that comes to mind. I don’t know if there’s anyone else. He would be a guy that I would have to believe is under consideration.”

Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Hamels is the ace for the God-awful Phillies rotation. The starters rank dead last in the NL in ERA (5.24), BAA (.290) and wins (17). Hamels has been the only gem for the teams’ pitching rotation and has yet another great season, although his record doesn’t always show it.

The 31-year-old has a 3.02 ERA, 119 strikeouts and 1.13 WHIP in 113.1 innings-pitched, to stand at a 5-6 record. He is currently ranked 4th in the NL among starters with a 3.5 WAR, behind Zach Greinke (Dodgers, 4.8), Max Scherzer (Nationals, 4.7) and Shelby Miller (Cardinals, 3.6).

Bombs away!

(Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Franco is the last possible candidate that could represent the team in Cincinnati this year. The 22-year-old third baseman has had a fantastic rookie season hitting .297 with 10 home runs and knocking in 34 RBI’s in 48 games since is May 15 Major League call-up.

The only factor that made Franco’s quest for the All-Star team a long shot is failing to reach the 200 at-bat mark, even though he leads all rookies with 190 or more at-bats in slugging percentage (.531) while he stands tied with Joc Pederson (Dodgers) in OPS (.876).

In June, Franco was on fire, hitting .353 with eight home runs and 24 RBI’s. His performance allowed him to earn the NL rookie of the month honors.

Now we wait to see if any other players back out, giving Hamels or Franco a shot.



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