Elvis Andrus fails to earn a spot in this year’s All-Star game. After he was not voted during the first ballot, Andrus managed to be part of the final roster spot ballot for the American League. Unfortunately, the final spot goes to Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas. This year, Yu Darvish is the only member of the Texas Rangers going to the All-Star.
For the first time since 2007, only one player from the Texas Rangers has been voted into the All-Star, Michael Young being the one. For Andrus, he hasn’t made the All-Star since 2012.
Andrus, 28, is batting .301, and has 100 hits, including 20 doubles, 50 RBI’s, 51 runs, and a career-high eleven home runs. Furthermore, he’s stolen 20 bases. He’s currently on a seven-game hitting streak with two homers and two stolen bases. He’s had other hitting streaks this season; one of eight games and another of 15. Andrus’ record of consecutive games with a hit is 16. He’s close to tying and breaking his record.
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Earlier today, he became a father. Just yesterday, he was placed on the paternity list, causing him to be inactive for a game for the first time in his career. However, it’s reported he’ll return to the team on Saturday.
In all seriousness, missing the All-Star isn’t a terrible thing for Andrus. He’s playing very good baseball, as of late, so it can be truly said he deserves a little break, especially that he’s a father now. Some may say the only reason he didn’t make it is due to the birth of his son. Regardless if it’s true or not, it’s not very important, anyhow. It’s time to move on now.
Texas is currently 41-44 and in third place in the American League West standings. Furthermore, they’re 17 games behind the first-place Astros. They’re off tonight. Tomorrow, they start a three-game series at Globe Life Park against the Los Angeles Angels.