CLEVELAND, Ohio – Last season, the Seattle Mariners sent four players to the MLB All-Star Game and three of those four players are no longer on the roster. Mitch Haniger is the only returning all-star but injuries have hampered his season so far which opened the door for another Mariner to make the all-star game.
Daniel Vogelbach is the team’s only all star this season. Vogelbach is young at only 26 and he’s been with the Mariners his entire pro career. Vogelbach has seen gradually more playing time with the Mariners over the span on his career, finally breaking the starting lineup this season.
Vogelbach has played in 79 games so far this year and has been an effective hitter. In 258 at bats this season, he’s racked up 63 hits, 47 runs, 48 RBIs and 31 extra plate hits, including 20 home runs.
He will be a reserve for the American League team and was one of three first baseman to make the team, including the Cleveland Indians’ Carlos Santana, who’s starting the game, and the Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abrue.
The All-Star Game will be held next Tuesday on July 9 at 4:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast nationally by FOX.