He might not be a Sano-doubter for a trip to the All-Star Game, but Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano is off to a great start.
Major League Baseballreleased its first American League All-Star Game balloting update on Wednesday afternoon, and Sano stood in second place for third basemen with 363,607 votes just under 6,000 shy of Baltimores three-time all-star Manny Machado.
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Take a look at statistical leaders, and youll quickly see why. Sano is ranked second in the AL with 39 RBI, second with 31 walks, third in on-base percentage (.406), fourth in bOWAR (2.4), fourth in OPS (.996), fourth with a .590 slugging percentage and is also tied for eighth with 12 home runs.
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He ranks ahead of Machado in all categories.
The last Twins third baseman to make it to the All-Star Game was Ron Coomer in 1999 -- although Coomer actually played more games at first base that season (and played at first in the All-Star Game).
Recent MinnesotaTwins All-Stars
|2015||Glen Perkins, Brian Dozier|
|2014||Glen Perkins, Kurt Suzuki|
|2009||Joe Nathan, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau|