After not having an All-Star game last season due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the mid-summer’s classic will be back next month at Coors Field. The MLB All-Star game is one of the best in the four majors sports, where the best players from the diamond meet up to showcase their talents.
One position that will be of heavy interest on the All-Star Game ballot from now until the final votes are tallied is second base in the National League. Unlike in the American League, where we have a better picture of who might make the roster, it is wide open in the National League. Ozzie Albies, Jazz Chisholm Jr., Jean Segura, and Ryan McMahon all have strong cases to make the All-Star Game and whoever gets picked will be making their first-ever appearance.
1. Jazz Chisholm Jr., Miami Marlins — The young second baseman has been so much fun to watch this season and is one of the more exciting rookies in baseball. Chisholm is ranked third among all second baseman with 8 home runs. He’s also hitting .287/.353/.500 and has nine stolen bases. It is not out of the question that Chisholm could finish the season with 20 HRs and 20 stolen bases, which would be an impressive rookie season.
2. Jean Segura, Philadelphia Phillies — Segura might not have the power numbers like Chisholm or the other second basemen on this list, but he does know how to get on base. The Phillies second baseman is hitting a career-high .323/.377/.455 with 3 HRs and 16 RBI. The last time Segura went to All-Star Game in 2018 with the Seattle Mariners, he was hitting over .300.
3. Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves — Staying in the NL East, Albies is having a solid season for the Atlanta Braves. Reigning NL MVP Freddie Freeman has not caught fire as of yet, but for the Braves’ sake, Albies, Acuna Jr., and Austin Riley have helped carry the offense. The 24-year-old infielder is hitting .262/.339/.507 with 9 HRs and 39 RBI. Albies will be looking to make his second All-Star team after his first appearance in 2018.
4. Ryan McMahon, Colorado Rockies — The Rockies have not had a great season in 2021, but with the All-Star being played at Coors Field, it’s only right that they have at least one player being represented. McMahon is a great choice, who currently leads all NL second basemen in home runs with 14. The 26-year-old is having a career-year at the plate, hitting .254/.305/.496 with 14 HRs and 37 RBI. He will be looking to make his first appearance in the 2021 MLB All-Star Game.