Two third baseman, Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals and Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, won the special vote to fill the final spots in the American and National leagues rosters for the MLB All-Star Game in Miami, FL.
It was the strength of their fan bases that put forth men in the ASG, with a little outside help as well.
Turner has been outstanding with the Dodgers over the past three seasons, after being let go by the New York Mets. This season he leads the National League in batting average with .384 and on-base percentage at .473. This will be Turner’s first appearance in the Midsummer Classic.
Moustakas has a batting average of .275, but he’s hit 25 homeruns and has 54 RBI. He is the only player in either league to win the Final Vote twice — the first time was in 2015. He becomes a free agent after this season so this might be the last time we see Mike Moustakas in the All-Star Game as a Royal.
Below is the interview Turner did with Claudia Gestro during Spring Training for LAPX and the Spring Training preview she did with the Texas Rangers and Royals in which Moustakas talks about the pitcher they lost to an auto accident, Yordano Ventura.
Photos by Claudia Gestro
Top photo: Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers
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