Who's On Third? Fans Voted Nolan Arenado NL Starting 3B For 3rd Year In a Row
The laundry list of Accolades in Nolan Arenado’s career, just got a little bit bigger. The 28-year-old third baseman on Friday was named to his fifth consecutive MLB All-Star game and third consecutive as a starter.
“I'm very thankful for the fans for voting for me," Arenado said. "It's an amazing thing. It doesn't get old, it's a goal every year.”
This comes as no surprise for Colorado Rockies fans, who have grown accustomed to seeing Arenado hit balls over the outfield wall, and field grounders barehanded. He is a highlight waiting to happen at third base and at the plate.
Arenado beat out Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs and Josh Donaldson of the Atlanta Braves to secure the start at third for the NL. His margin of victory was a commanding one, earning 51.9 percent of the vote compared to 23.0 (Bryant) and 25.1 (Donaldson).
Arenado becomes the first NL third baseman to win three consecutive fan elections since Scott Rolen won four straight from 2002-05 while with St. Louis (2002) and Philadelphia (2003-05).
The only other NL third basemen to win three straight since fan voting was restored in 1970 were Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt (six straight from 1979-84) and Matt Williams (three straight from 1994-96).
Arenado also matched former Rockies Todd Helton and Larry Walker for the most fan elections in franchise history.
As of Friday he was leading NL third baseman in average, RBI and hits, was secon din triples and home runs, third in runs scored and fourth in doubles.
Arenado was the only Rockies player to make the game as a starter. On Sunday, the reserves will be announced, which may include Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon, and shortstop Trevor Story.
Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon finished fourth in the NL outfield voting, trailing Christian Yelich of the Brewers, Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers and Ronald Acuna, Jr., of the Braves, who were elected to the starting lineup.
Trevor Story finished second at shortstop, behind Javier Baez of the Cubs. The vote totals, combined with the performance of Blackmon and Story, bodes well for them being added to the NL team.
The remainder of the roster will be announced at 3:30 p.m., MDT Sunday on ESPN.