The votes are in from both the players and the fans and the Orioles only have one player heading to the 2017 All-Star Game in Miami. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop was named as a reserve to the American League team. This is his first All-Star selection of his career.
There’s no doubt that Schoop is having the best season of his career to date. On the merits of that, he certainly deserves selection. Still, the Orioles may be lucky for the rule that there must be at least one All-Star from every team - something that hasn’t come into play for them since the dark years. They’ve sent at least three players to the game in each of the past seasons, including five last year.
Schoop came into Sunday’s game - the end of the first half of the season, numerically - with a .297/.352/.545 batting line. Among players on the Orioles, that’s either first or second in just about every offensive category, depending on whether you want to count Trey Mancini or not, who doesn’t quite have enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title.
The closest that any Orioles came to getting selected as starters were fifth place votes for Manny Machado at third base and Welington Castillo at catcher. If you’ve watched the Orioles pitching staff at all, or just glanced at their results, you probably aren’t surprised that they don’t have any pitchers making the roster this time around.
Complete rosters for the game, regrettably packed with players from the Orioles division rival Yankees and Red Sox, can be found here.