All-Star Games are cool because they usually provide a nice mix of honoring a player's half-season accomplishments while also taking into account his lifetime achievements.
Cal Ripken, Ken Griffey Jr., Derek Jeter and the like were no longer great players toward the end of their careers, but that didn't -- and shouldn't -- take away from their status as All-Stars. The same can be said for players like Charlie Blackmon, who was rewarded for a terrific couple of months with an All-Star selection a year ago.
What is the point I'm trying to make here? Well, for both of those reasons, Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki deserves to be in this year's midsummer classic. Tulowitzki, a four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner who owns a .300/.372/.515 career batting line, has recovered from a poor start to the season. Though Tulo is still hampered by career-worst walk and strikeout rates, the 30-year-old star is hitting .321/.358/.489 and, perhaps most importantly, has remained healthy throughout the first half of 2015. He's also riding a streak of 18 consecutive games with a hit and has reached base safely in 33 straight contests.
His offense isn't valued as highly as maybe it should be, and all the while, his defense isn't quite up to par when compared to his previous efforts. That leaves Tulo in the middle of the pack among NL shortstops in WAR. But he's resembled his old self quite a bit over the past month, and if we're going to say it's OK for players like Ripken, Griffey, Jeter and even Yadier Molina to go to the All-Star Game based on career merits, the same should be said for Tulowitzki.
Also, we're Rockies fans here, and we don't claim to be otherwise. So, dammit, we're going to vote to watch one of the three best players in team history work his craft in what will probably be the biggest game of the season for him in terms of importance in the grand scheme of things.
Here's how you can get Tulo to Cincinnati for the All-Star Game:
- Text, text and text some more. Text N5 to 89269 and do it all of the times. All of them.
- Visit Rockies.com/FinalVote to vote online.
- The official hashtag for Troy Tulowitzki's Final Vote campaign is #Tulo
- On Friday, July 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. MT, you can vote via Twitter using #Tulo. Voting using this method, as well as all other methods, is unlimited.
... And your computer:
... And, on Friday, Twitter:
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You know what to do, so do it!
Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu named to the National League All-Star team - Purple Row
Tulo hopes to join his infield teammates at the midsummer classic. Arenado was a no-brainer to earn his first All-Star selection, but LeMahieu's bid comes as a bit of a surprise. Still, it's gotta be a thrill for the Gold Glover and his club that he'll be in Cincinnati to represent the Rockies.
Midseason Top 50 Prospects - BaseballAmerica.com
David Dahl checks in at No. 27 and Jon Gray at No. 35.
Marlins hurlers headline Prospect Team of the Week | rockies.com
Dom Nunez is starting to figure out full-season ball, and his recent performance has earned him a spot on MLB Pipeline's team of the week.
Hochman: Trading Troy Tulowitzki is like benching Kate Hudson: It hurts so good - The Denver Post
This is a thing that was written by a well-respected sports columnist.
Purple Row Prospects polling thread—Summer 2015 - Purple Row
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