This morning Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa announced they will skip this year’s All Star Game. Maybe they need rest, maybe they want to focus on the team, maybe they just don’t want the inevitable cavalcade of boo’s and awkward moments in the clubhouse.
Whatever the case, the Angels have the perfect player to replace one of them on the All Star roster: David Fletcher.
To say Fletcher is hot right now would be an understatement. He went 2 for 4 yesterday to extend his current hitting streak to 21 games, the longest in the AL this season.
Really, he’s been hot for a solid month. Since June 1st, Fletcher is slashing .353/.380/.440. That’s a wRC+ of 127 across 30 games. Ove the course of the 20 game hitting streak, he’s been unworldly crushing the ball to the tune of a .413/.434/.525 line.
But offense is only one component of Fletcher’s game. He’s fired off plenty of web gems lately as well. I loved this bared handed beauty on Friday.
And then there was this incredible play Monday.
All in all, Fletcher is both hitting and fielding at an All Star level right now. He’s a fan favorite here in Anaheim who deserves to be highlighted on the games biggest stage. Hopefully MLB does the right thing here and adds Fletch to the roster.
Fletch is a marvel of hitting prowess. His fielding is pretty dammed good, too. Hell yes, he should be on the All-Star squad. Not to mention the man is as determined and professional as any player in recent memory. He comes to play ball, and he absorbs everything that could possibly make him a better player. Can’t ask for more in a ballplayer.
Fletch deserves an All-Star appearance based on: BA, his hit streak (currently the longest in the majors), his clutchness, his consistently flawless fielding, his ability to play multiple positions on the infield and the outfield, and the professional image that he projects on a daily basis.
That’s a good call Jeff. Fletcher is just as responsible for this recent run as anyone on the team. I think he should go but with 3 Angels already on the AS roster, might not select him.
I’m actually thankful the trastro players are skipping. I won’t have to explain what a bad guy is again to a 3 year old (first series against them in Anaheim was eventful in the crowd). Hope fletch gets the nod instead.
He may just make with Altuve and Correa saying they will pass.
It is MLB’s decision on who will replace them, correct ?
I imagine that most if not all of us here feel that Fletcher is All-Star worthy.
Unfortunately there are already two Angels on the team (Ohtani and Walsh) and it seems unlikely that MLB and the East Coast baseball establishment would allow the Angels to have three players on the roster.
I don’t think there is any question that if Fletch played for the Yankees or Red Sox he’d be a slam-dunk to make it.
Devers and Boegarts are already on the squad for bahstun. Voted as starters.
Thing is the Yanks have DJ LeMahieu. Yank, former batting champ…that’s where my money sits.
Man, I could only image the outrage if he made the All-Star Game with an OPS below .700. Not to say he doesn’t deserve it, but there’d be some juicy responses.
As much as I personally believe that Fletch deserves the nod, you are probably right. I doubt that MLB will put a player with an ops of .681 (below average) on the All Star roster.
They would just make the story line about some shy, awe shucks, old timey type player.
Nobodies would eat that up.
You are right. Who’d beat him out? Semein for sure. Joey Wendle? Ty France? Jorge Polanco? There are a few guys that probably have him beat.
For me, not hearing it “juicy responses” from several Doyers fans I know, almost worth it for him to stay home and recharge for the 2nd half. That is all they talk about, his OPS and lack of power. F the Doyers.
Fletcher = Maceir Izturis. I’m fine with that, I liked Mouse Tits. I’m never gonna get all humid about other teams fans not recognizing the greatness of Maceir Izturis or Lil’ Davy and his value limiting OPS though.
I’ve thought more Fletch = Eck.
Fletcher > Eck, Fletcher > Macier
Fletch > Macier = Yes
Fletch > Eck = Recency bias
I love Fletcher as much as anyone, however, I would not say that he is greater than Eckstein. At least not yet. Eckstein was a hell of a player. They are in fact really like twins of eachother. Hard to say one is better than the other…
Yeah, agree. they are pretty close. The key for me, I expect David to get even better. Eck had more SB but I think that was attributed to Scioscia’s style of baseball.
Oh, you used a greater than sign…. then OK. I think you are forgetting how good Mice Tits was. He was really good, especially for us.
Eckstein was Fletch’s favorite player growing up. In fact he modelled his game on Eck’s. This is why he wears number 22 !!
That would simply show the ignorance of the complainers.