This past Wednesday was one of the best experiences of my young journalistic career in covering Minor League Baseball. I was on hand in Charlotte, North Carolina at BB & T Ballpark — home of the Charlotte Knights — for the Triple A All Star Game.
The stars of tomorrow of the International and Pacific Coast League battled in what would be a 4-2 victory for the IL. I was surrounded by a dozen guys that will be in the big leagues by September and a handful that have already been there. Oh, and a PCL head coach that was the starting second baseman of one of the greatest World Series champion teams of my lifetime, a member of the 600 Home Run Club and a World Series champion manager.
It was a good night. Here are some videos and pictures from my evening.
I recently went to MLB.com to start to conjure whom I will give my votes to for this season’s All Star Game. It was not as easy as I thought, but for an entirely new reason.
There is no denying that past All Star Games have had many snubs. Most of them revolve around the fact that there has been an abundance of exciting sluggers at first base and a bevy of exciting “five-tool” superstars in the outfield. Occasionally the hot corner would provide some depth that would prove difficult in selecting the right player for the Midsummer Classic.
Not anymore. Now, the depth at shortstop and second base, two of baseball’s traditionally light hitting, unattractive positions has changed the All Star ballot game.
Today, we take a look at the American League second basemen.