For the seventh time in his career and the first time as a Cardinal, Paul Goldschmidt has been named to the National League All-Star team. The fan vote results were made in a live reveal on ESPN Friday night. Goldschmidt beat New York Mets star Pete Alonso, in the two-person voting finals, garnering 67% of the vote in the final tally between the two finalists; he got to that point by being the top voter-getter among all first basemen. His margin of victory was the largest among all NL finalists.
Goldschmidt leads all baseball in several offensive categories, including hits, runs, batting average, slugging percentage and total bases. The star first baseman is also the Major League leader in WAR and first in fielding percentage for his position.
- Albert's two deep blasts put him into a class with only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth.
- Three innings after he thanked the Dodger Stadium crowd for helping him "bring back the joy" he had has a boy for the game baseball, Albert Pujols brought the game to the brink of one of the rarest celebrations.
- The sixth-inning shot is the third consecutive home run Pujols has hit that either gave the Cardinals the lead or tied the game.
- Pujols jumps on the third pitch he saw from Pirates closer Chase De Jong and sends it to the deepest part of the ballpark, giving the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.
- "The Machine" takes a first pitch slider from Pirates starter JT Brubaker and deposits it in the left field stands 418 feet away.
- As an eighth-inning pinch hitter he smacks a 2-run homer to give the Cardinals a 2-0 victory over the Cubs.
- St. Louis native Ross Detwiler becomes the 450th player Pujols has homered against, breaking the mark held by Barry Bonds.
- Pujols homers off the 449th pitcher he's faced in his career, tying Barry Bonds for the most all-time.
- Pujols, at 42, becomes the oldest player in major-league history to have four hits including two homers in a game.
- With the four total bases from the homer, Pujols hurdles Stan Musial’s 6,134 career total bases and into second place
- His 16th grand slam, 13 of them in St. Louis, ties Henry Aaron, Babe Ruth and ... Dave Kingman for 10th on the career charts.
- After hitting his second homer of the day, he stretches his hands across his chest, as if to highlight the team name stitched there.
- His first homer of the day saws the Brewers lead in half, and sets the stage for a bigger moment later.
- He and Nolan Arenado hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning to punctuate their evenings and a 9-5 victory..
The nod is Goldschmidt's first All-Star selection since 2018; he was voted to the midsummer classic in his previous six seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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His teammate and corner infield partner Nolan Arenado was also an All-Star finalist but failed to beat out San Diego Padres star Manny Machado to earn the starting job. Machado beat Arenado with 51% of the vote, the narrowest margin of victory for any position regardless of league.
Only the starters for each league were revealed in the broadcast Friday evening; the reaming players to be named to the game, including reserves and pitchers, will be announced Sunday. Albert Pujols was already announced as a commissioner's pick.
The 2022 All-Star game takes place on Tuesday, July 19, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.