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Miguel Montero to replace Yadier Molina on the NL All-Star roster

Jul 11, 2014, 9:50 PM EST

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Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will be out 8-12 weeks due to a torn ligament in his right thumb. As a result, the six-time All-Star will be unable to represent the National League at Target Field in Minnesota next week. Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero has been named as his replacement.

The Molina injury also means that Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who drew the ire of Cardinals fans when an attack ad was released on his behalf, will start behind the plate for the National League.

The Diamondbacks now have two All-Stars with Montero and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. The Cardinals have four: Molina, starter Adam Wainwright, third baseman Matt Carpenter, and reliever Pat Neshek. The Brewers also have four:  Lucroy, outfielder Carlos Gomez, third baseman Aramis Ramirez, and reliever Francisco Rodriguez.

  1. renaado - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Dang… If only Gattis wasn’t injured.

  2. dreadpiratesteve - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    How. In the world. Is Buster Posey not an all star and Montero is? Did the NL collectively suffer a stroke?

  3. luz56 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Statistically Montero is having a slightly better year than Posey….both are deserving but only one makes it

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:32 AM

      Buster .279 batting average
      Miguel .265

      Buster 118 OPS+
      Miguel 113 OPS+

      only 1 at bat separates them.

      they each have 125 total bases

      they’ve each grounded into 9 double plays.

      they are VERY close. but if one player has a slight edge, it’s Buster with his 118 OPS+ to Miguel’s 113 OPS+

      Buster has only struck out 39 times in 297 at bats.

      Miguel has struck out 62 times in 298 at bats.

      It’s always better to put the ball in play, put pressure on the defense than to strike out.

      I know it’s a small difference but these two are close so far this yr.

      Can’t say Miguel has slightly better stats though as his offensive stats are slightly worse than Buster’s.

      Per Fangraphs

      Buster 1.9 WAR
      Miguel 1.8 WAR

      Baserunning

      Buster is -2.1
      Miguel is -2.4

      they’re either equal or Buster is a tad better, but only slightly.

      Miguel is deserving due to how close the stats really are.

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:59 AM

        I’d say neither are deserving, but someone has to go

  4. luz56 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Thank you sportsfan18… Love the comparisons that should be put in the written article …then it is up to us to debate. Thanks again!!

  5. mlbfan8898 - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:50 AM

    Quit bitching and get over it.

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