With the All-Star break nearing in the MLB season, the mid-summer classic subtly reminds fans that not every team in the league can be flush with top talent. The Phillies likely fall into that category of teams since the club currently ended a home stand that saw them lose 7 straight ballgames and get outscored by the opposition 56-11. After an unsustainable stretch of play that began the year, it’s tough to sit through the dog days of summer with a baseball team that isn’t built to win anytime soon. Fans know that and the organization does too.
But even with a number of issues manifesting for a team that’s short on talent and experience, the Phillies continue to receive consistent contributions from their fiery center fielder Odubel Herrera. Perhaps Phillies fans’ have had difficulty finding something, anything really, to rally around this season, but getting Herrera to the all-star game should be their top priority for no other reason other than the fact that the 24 year-old deserves to be recognized as does the organization.
Herrera’s work at the plate ranks among the top 20 hitters in the National League this season (he’s currently ranked 16th) but beyond that, he’s been the Phillies leader in batting average (.305), on base percentage (.401) and OPS (on base percentage+slugging percentage, .827) in 2016. At first glance, given how inept the Phils offense has been this season, this may not seem like a big deal but in reality, it is. One could shudder to think what Herrera’s numbers would be if he played for a better team. The young Venezuelan’s penchant to get on-base percentage is an invaluable asset to have and that is especially true for a team that struggles as a whole to do so.
Everyone can vote for Herrera on MLB.com by clicking on the All-Star banner on the top of the main page on the website. Voters are allowed to vote a maximum of 35 times and can vote up to 5 times in any 24-hour period. Voting ends in 9 days at 11:59 PM, Eastern Time so get to those computers and apps Phillies fans, Herrera needs your vote!