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Paul Goldschmidt elected starting 1B for NL All-Stars

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Paul Goldschmidt has been elected to start at first-base for the National League in the All-Star Game in Minneapolis later this month.

Video courtesy of Arizona Diamondbacks

It will be Paul's second All-Star appearance, having also taken part in the game last year, and his first as a starter. Indeed, it's the first time a Diamondback player has been voted into the starting line-up since Luis Gonzalez made it as the third outfielder in 2001, and Goldschmidt becomes the first Arizonan to win his position since Jay Bell and Matt Williams did so in the 1999 season.

There's no doubt that Goldschmidt is having another tremendous year at the position, hitting .310/.398/.554, with his 16th home-run coming earlier today against the Braves. Paul's season has been the brightest spot in what has, overall, been a very disappointing year for the Diamondbacks, and he has also been far and away the best player at the position in the National League. Here is how his stats rank alongside the other potential candidates at first for the Senior Circuit in this season so far.

Rk Player WAR Age Tm PA AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Paul Goldschmidt 3.7 26 ARI 389 333 63 102 15 56 49 90 8 2 .306 .395 .544 .938
2 Anthony Rizzo 2.4 24 CHC 365 307 56 84 17 45 50 65 2 3 .274 .384 .489 .872
3 Matt Adams 2.1 25 STL 282 269 27 86 9 33 8 55 2 1 .320 .333 .513 .846
4 Adam LaRoche 2.1 34 WSN 290 243 39 72 12 45 44 54 0 0 .296 .400 .486 .886
5 Joey Votto 2.0 30 CIN 272 220 32 56 6 23 47 49 1 1 .255 .390 .409 .799
6 Freddie Freeman 2.0 24 ATL 386 333 60 98 13 47 47 70 0 2 .294 .386 .505 .891
7 Justin Morneau 1.9 33 COL 332 309 36 97 13 59 15 37 0 0 .314 .346 .518 .864
8 Lucas Duda 1.5 28 NYM 293 255 32 64 13 43 34 64 2 1 .251 .345 .471 .815
9 Adrian Gonzalez 1.1 32 LAD 365 326 44 83 14 53 33 62 1 1 .255 .321 .442 .762
10 Mark Reynolds 1.0 30 MIL 285 246 32 51 13 31 34 87 5 1 .207 .305 .390 .696

Here are all the Arizona players selected in team history.

Player Year(s) Position
Jay Bell 1999 IF
Patrick Corbin 2013 P
Steve Finley 2000 OF
Paul Goldschmidt 2013, 2014
IF
Luis Gonzalez 1999, 2001, 02, 03, 05 OF
Dan Haren 2008, 09 P
Orlando Hudson 2007 IF
Randy Johnson 1999, 2000, 01, 02, 04 P
Byung-Hyun Kim 2002 P
Wade Miley 2012 P
Damian Miller 2002 C
Miguel Montero 2011 C
Curt Schilling 2001, 02 P
Junior Spivey 2002 IF
Justin Upton 2009, 2011 OF
Jose Valverde 2007 P
Brandon Webb 2006, 07, 08 P
Devon White 1998 OF
Matt Williams 1999 IF
Chris Young 2010 OF
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