First-time All-Star candidates in Major League Baseball
Baseball's All-Star teams are often peppered with familiar names, but this year there could be a bunch of newcomers added to the mix.
Tribune national baseball writer Phil Rogers took a look this week at some players he thinks could be selected to their first All-Star teams next month.
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Braves catcher Evan Gattis( Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports / June 10, 2013 )
Can a backup catcher be an All-Star?
Absolutely, if Gattis is the backup catcher in question. The Braves rookie lost his spot in the lineup when Brian McCann was activated from the disabled list, but he just keeps bashing the ball, most recently as a pinch hitter
Gattis entered the weekend as one of only 10 National League players with a .900-plus OPS over at least 150 plate appearances. He had homered four times in eight at-bats as a pinch hitter, most recently Monday. It was his 14th homer overall and made him 6-for-8 with 11 RBIs as a pinch hitter.
"I don't know how or why it's working out the way it is," said Gattis, who is following Josh Hamilton's trail from substance abuse to success.
Who does? But I know Gattis deserves serious consideration for the All-Star Game next month in New York.