Angels' Trumbo Earns All-Star Selection

Angels' Trumbo's All-Star Selection Well-Earned

7/1/12 in MLB   |   marcasg   |   18 respect

When the rosters for Major League Baseball's 83rd All-Star Game, it wasn't a big surprise to see Mark Trumbo's name appear. The Angels' power-hitting infielder outfielder utility guy has easily been the Halos most consistent hitter all season, helping keep the team afloat while the big bats around them found their early-season sea legs.

June 16, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA;     Los Angeles Angels right fielder Mark Trumbo (44) at bat in the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIREAngel fans have certainly been appreciative of Trumbo's production so far this year, even if his exploits were first overshadowed by Albert Pujols' struggles and later dwarfed by the dynamic play of Mike Trout.

Even more impressive is that he's doing it without a set position. The team hoped Trumbo could fill the third base void it has tried to fill ever since Chone Figgins left for Seattle. His defense made that problematic, but his offense made it impossible to take him out of the lineup.

Instead, he's spent time at third base, first base, left field, right field and designated hitter – and hasn't missed a beat at the plate. At .313/19/53, Trumbo more than deserves a spot in Kansas City. Starting Sunday's game, he led the team in homers and RBI and was second (behind Trout) in batting average.

Trumbo will be joined in Kansas City by Trout, C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver – all of them also equally deserving of an All-Star selection. But Trumbo's season stands out as the guy in the quartet least expected to earn a spot for the Midsummer Classic.
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