Though they didn’t have anyone voted into the starting lineup for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, there will be (at least) three Washington Nationals heading out to Coors Field in Colorado for the 91st annual Midsummer Classic, which is being held on July 13, 2021.
Trea Turner, Kyle Schwarber, and Juan Soto were all added to the NL All-Star roster tonight as Major League Baseball officially announced the rest of the rosters.
It’s the first All-Star Game nod for all three.
Turner, 28, who is dealing with an injured finger right now, has put up a .318/.367/.513 line with 15 doubles, 14 home runs, and an NL-leading 18 stolen bases over 78 games played and 341 plate appearances this season.
Schwarber, 28, injured his hamstring this week, following a red-hot month of June, which earned him an NL Player of the Month nod, after he went 28 for 100 (.280/.362/.760), with 16 home runs in 27 games.
On the year, in his first season with the Nationals, the outfielder has a .253/.340/.570 line with nine doubles and 25 home runs in 72 games and 303 PAs.
Soto, 22, after a 1 for 4 game in Sunday’s loss, has a .278/.400/.431 line with nine doubles and nine home runs in 72 games and 300 PAs.
Their reactions to learning they were being named All-Stars?
“It was cool,” Schwarber said, though, as noted, he won’t be playing in the game. “Definitely it’s something that whenever you are a baseball player it’s something that you hope that you participate in and you are holding yourself to standards, and the other players around you and fans around think that you deserve to be in this game.
“So it’s definitely pretty cool, it’s a great feeling, and I’m very excited.”
“What Kyle said,” Turner added. “It’s a game that you watch on TV as a little kid and you kind of dream of playing in, and to get a chance to get voted in, whether it’s by fans or players, or the Commissioner’s office, whoever does it, I think just to be a part of it is special, and something that we won’t forget and we’ll try to cherish for the rest of lives and try to soak it all in when we go.”
“It’s like a dream for every player to come to the All-Star Game,” Soto said, “... to be around all those stars, and famous people. It’s going to be a great experience to be out there and have fun with all those guys.”
Though all three were excited to go, they did note that there was one glaring omission, with Nationals’ ace, and three-time Cy Young award-winner, Max Scherzer not announced as one of the players added to the NL’s roster.
“Yeah, if he’s not an All-Star there’s something wrong,” Turner said, stumping for Scherzer.
“I mean, we pulled up the stats when we found out, and I know there’s a lot of good players, I get it, but he’s top 5 in every category and not only in just the NL, but most of the MLB as well.
“I just thought they didn’t notify pitchers today or something, because that’s the only thing that would make sense to me, is if they just didn’t tell pitchers today, and they’re telling them tomorrow, or something, but I think he’s more than deserving, and these guys I think would agree that he’s got the numbers, he’s Max Scherzer, and I think he deserves to be there.”
“Yeah, same thing, same way,” Soto said. “I just see a guy like that that competes and puts up numbers every year, it’s just crazy to not see him in the [All-Star Game].
“It’s just — like he said, it’s crazy. He’s been there every time, he comes to play every day, so it’s just tough to see him out of there.”
Will Scherzer be added as soon as pitchers start bowing out with scheduling conflicts or other issues?
Either way, there will be at least three Nationals heading out to Colorado next week...