Goldschmidt voted starter for All-Star Game
PHOENIX -- For the second straight year, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will be in the starting lineup for the National League in the All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile in Cincinnati.
Goldschmidt won the fan voting at first base by collecting 9,119,375 votes to easily outdistance the Reds' Joey Votto and the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez.
"It's pretty cool," Goldschmidt said about his vote total. "Very appreciative of everyone's support here in Phoenix and around the state and country and maybe around the world. Very thankful for that and it definitely speaks to the fan base that we have here that they'll get out there and vote. They did a great job."
Goldschmidt is the first position player in D-backs' history to be elected as a starter more than once. In addition to his start last year, Goldschmidt was named to the team in 2013.
"It's exciting," Goldschmidt said of the All-Star Game. "It will be fun. I had fun the past couple of years. Hopefully this year will be the same and we'll go out there and try to win the game."
Heading into Sunday's games, Goldschmidt was first in the NL in batting average (.349), walks (65), tied for first in runs (57) and ranked second in hits (102), OPS (1.090) and slugging percentage (.623).
D-backs manager Chip Hale said that Goldschmidt, who played at Texas State University and was drafted in the eighth round in 2009, should serve as an example for others.
"He wasn't a highly sought-after guy after high school or college even, and look what he's turned into," Hale said. "A lot of kids around this country look up to him and say, 'You know what, maybe I'm not the guy everybody wants to draft or to take the major colleges, but look what he did. I could do that.'"
With a curious mind and always looking for an edge, Goldschmidt has used the past couple of All-Star Games to try to pick the brains of some of the game's best players.
"It's fun to get to meet guys from other teams," he said. "You're usually competing against them and now you get to be on the same side as them. There's not as much time as you would think at least based on the last couple of years that I've been, but it's still fun to have a few conversations or see people in a different light rather than just you trying to get a hit off them or trying to get them out."
While he will enjoy the festivities around the game, don't expect to see Goldschmidt in the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders. Despite having 20 homers this year, Goldschmidt does not believe he has a home run swing so he would have to tinker with his swing were he to try and hit them on purpose.
"Maybe they would enjoy it," Goldschmidt said of other players. "But for me it's not something I really want to do."
Fans can return to MLB.com to begin voting to select the final player for each League's 34-man roster via the 2015 Esurance All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each league until 1 p.m. MST on Friday, July 10.
And the voting doesn't end there. During the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 14, fans can once again visit MLB.com to submit their choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award. Voting exclusively at MLB.com, online and via their mobile devices in the 2015 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, the fans' collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
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