My, how things have changed in a one-year span. 

After sending Brad Brach, Zach Britton, Manny Machado, Mark Trumbo, Matt Wieters–five players–to the All-Star game last season, the Baltimore Orioles will have just one player in this year’s Midsummer Classic. 

Baltimore Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson (11) congratulates the Orioles’ Jonathan Schoop, right, as he rounds third with a two-run home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

By rule, each MLB team must have at least one representative in the annual All-Star game. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop took the honors for the O’s and will serve as an All-Star reserve for the first time in his five-year career. 

The drop off in All-Star selections exposes just how bad things are for the Orioles this season. By this point last year, Baltimore was leading the American League East division with a 51-36 record. It was the best record of any Orioles team at the All-Star break since 1997, when they started the first half of the season 55-32.  

But this season, they’re heading into the midway break five games below .500, with a 41-46 record as of July 9. And the five All-Star selections from 2016 aren’t playing nearly as well this season. Last year, power hitter Mark Trumbo had a league-high 28 home runs at the break. This year, he has just 14 so far. 

It’s been that kind of season for the entire Orioles roster. But there are still plenty of baseball games left to play, so maybe things can turn around. Stay tuned. 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor