The list of players selected this week for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game includes five from the American League East division-leading Baltimore Orioles (50-36). It marks the first time since 1972 that Baltimore has had five or more players make the All-Star team.

Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, from left, Mark Trumbo, Zach Britton and Brad Brach display their All Star jerseys before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Baltimore, Sunday, July 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado, from left, Mark Trumbo, Zach Britton and Brad Brach display their All Star jerseys before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Baltimore, Sunday, July 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

While MVP-caliber third baseman Manny Machado will be the lone starter in the game for the Orioles, catcher Matt Wieters, outfielder Mark Trumbo, relief pitcher Brad Brach and closer Zack Britton are all among the game’s reserves.

“I’m really proud of the guys that made the All-Star team,” said Orioles General Manager Dan Duqette. “We’ve got five All-Stars, and over the last five years, we’ve had as many All-Stars as anybody besides the St. Louis Cardinals; definitely more than anybody in the American League. And that’s what our fans like to see. They like to see All-Stars when they come out to see us.”

Manny Machado leads the way among players that Orioles fans like to see when they come to Camden Yards. He ranks in the top five in the American League in batting average at .322, and he’s also tied for 10th place in the AL with 19 home runs. But as good as Machado has been on offense, he’s been just as sharp on defense. He’s been the best third baseman in the AL this year and has even had to play some shortstop at times. Expect to see Machado earning his third career Gold Glove award at the season’s end.

While Machado may be a fan favorite, teammate Mark Trumbo has been the most exciting to watch. Trumbo has shocked the baseball world with his batting this season. Fans knew he could hit the long ball, but not this well. He currently leads all of Major League Baseball with 28 home runs; he only had 22 home runs all of 2015. Trumbo’s 68 RBIs are also the third most in the AL, another reason why he was selected to his second career All-Star Game, and first since 2012.

Matt Wieters, Brad Brach and Zach Britton round out the remaining All-Stars representing Baltimore, and they’ve delivered great value to a surprisingly decent defensive effort by the Orioles this season.

Outside of Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez, no one has done a better job at the catcher position than Wieters. He’s called the right pitches to get the most out of a shaky Baltimore pitching staff, and he has a rocket arm which makes it very difficult for base runners to steal against him.

Brach and Britton have been equally valuable to the Orioles. The two relievers have been the best setup and closer combo of any AL bullpen. Brach has an ERA of just 0.93 and has won six games this season after poor starts by the team’s starting rotation. Britton’s ERA is the best on the team at 0.74, and he leads AL with 26 saves.

Check out all five players during the 87th MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard on Tuesday, July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego. Coverage by Fox begins at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Trumbo will also appear in the MLB Home Run Derby presented by T-Mobile on Monday, July 11 at 8 p.m. 

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor