Learn about former Lansing Lugnuts who were named MLB Stars


Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made history Tuesday night when he became the youngest player in Major League Baseball history to be named the annual Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Game.

He also became the first former Lansing Lugnuts player to win top honors in the Midsummer Classic.

Guerrero, who played for the Lugnuts during the 2017 season before getting a midseason promotion, flourished on baseball’s biggest stage this year with the Toronto Blue Jays. This helped him join a short list of former Lansing Lugnuts who have been named MLB Stars.

Guerrero and Blue Jays teammate Bo Bichette both made their first career All-Star appearances this week in Colorado. Their caps give the Lugnuts, who are playing their 25th season at Lansing this year, a total of 10 MLB stars in their lifetime.

Here’s a look at the former Lugnuts players who have been named MLB All-Stars

Henderson alvarez

Alvarez was a star in 2014 while playing for the Miami Marlins. The 2009 Lugnut was 12-7 with an earned-run average of 2.65 from 30 starts during its all-star season.

Carlos beltran

Carlos Beltran of the American League of the Yankees hits in the MLB All-Star Baseball Game Tuesday in San Diego.  (AP Photo / Gregory Bull)

Beltran, who made a brief stint at Lansing in 1996, is one of the most decorated former Lugnuts as Rookie of the Year winner, World Series champion and three-time Gold Glove outfielder. He has been a nine-time star in the MLB, earning places in the game in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016.

Bo Bichette

Shortstop Bo Bichette throws to first base for the fifth inning out.

Bichette, who played with Guerrero Jr. in Lansing in 2017, won her first All-Star appearance this year. The shortstop finished the first half of the season at 0.293 with 18 doubles, a triple, 16 homers and 57 RBIs for the Blue Jays.

Yan gomes

National League infielder Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds (19) scores American League wide receiver Yan Gomes of the Cleveland Indians (7) in the seventh inning of the 2018 MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Ballpark .

The veteran wide receiver who was a Lugnut in 2010 was a star in 2018 while playing for Cleveland. He reached .266 with 26 doubles and 16 homers in his lone all-star season.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

American League's Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays holds the MVP trophy after the MLB All-Star Baseball Game Tuesday, July 13, 2021 in Denver.  (AP Photo / Jack Dempsey)

Two years after finishing second in the Home Run Derby in the All-Star Festivities, Guerrero stood out on Tuesday with a massive homerun that helped the American League to another victory. Guerrero, 22, was the AL starter at first base and led all voters in the contest. He enters the second half with a 0.332 average with 17 doubles, a triple, 28 homers and 73 RBIs leading the league.

Carlos marmol

The former MLB reliever made his only All-Star appearance in 2008 while pitching for the Chicago Cubs. Marmol, who was a wide receiver for the Lugnuts in 2002 before returning to pitcher in 2004, had 114 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings and recorded seven saves during his all-star campaign.

Roberto Osuna

Toronto Blue Jays backup pitcher Roberto Osuna, right, is congratulated by Russell Martin after the Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 8-4 in a baseball game on Friday, April 13, 2018, in Cleveland .  (AP Photo / David Dermer)

The 2013 Lugnut pitcher was an All-Star in 2017 after playing in the Blue Jays box. He recorded 39 saves and completed 58 games in the only All-Star season of his MLB career.

Aaron Sanchez

Sanchez, who pitched for the Lugnuts in 2012, made his only appearance among the MLB stars in 2016. Sanchez, who became the 100th former Lansing player to reach the majors when he made his debut in 2014, went 15-2 and struck out 161. out of 30 starts during this 2016 season.

Noah syndergaard

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard meets in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, September 29, 2019, in New York City.  (AP Photo / Kathy Willens)

Syndergaard, who was with the Lugnuts in 2011 and 2012, has only made one All-Star appearance in his career. The right-hander was a 2016 star with the New York Mets. He struck out 218 at bat and went 14-9 in 30 starts that season.

Carlos zambrano

The longtime major league starting pitcher who played for the Lugnuts in 1999 was a three-time star with the Chicago Cubs. He was a star in 2004, 2006 and 2008. His three all-star appearances are the second of all former Lugnuts.

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