MLB All-Star Game 2021: Matt Olson to represent Oakland A’s
The Oakland A have a new All-Star in their ranks.
First baseman Matt Olson was named to the 2021 American League All-Star on Sunday. It is the 27-year-old’s first career selection. Click here to see the full listings on both sides.
Olson will insert as a reserve on the AL list, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr the Toronto Blue Jays were elected by the fans to start at first base. Olson finished second behind Guerrero in the player vote at position, SF Chronicle’s Matt Kawahara reports.
For now, Olson is the sole representative of the A’s, even though they have made the playoffs each of the past three years and are currently in the Wild Card position again this summer, and even though they have two starting pitchers in the game. the Top 10 of the ERA, including the AL. Pitcher of the month for June, and even if their closest has also just won AL Releveur of the month. But we’ll talk about it again in another article.
This is Olson, who has waited a long time for this honor. He burst onto the scene in 2017, but not until the All-Star break, and then played all of 2018 but didn’t get a nod in midsummer. He had a great 2019 which earned him MVP votes, but missed the first month of the season with injury to keep his All-Star chances. There were no All-Stars in 2020 and he still had a gap year, but this summer it all fell into place.
His defense has never been questioned, with two Golden Gloves and three Fielding Bibles already on his resume, and his power has been known nationally for years. But this season, he’s cut his strikeouts and unleashed his attacking skills to the full, and his breakthrough places him in the top 10 or 15 hitters across the majors.
- Olson: .282 / .370 / .554, 152 wRC +, 20 HR, 11.3% BB, 16.4% Ks
The two Matts can now be called All-Stars, because Matt Chapman got an offer in 2019. Among the rest of the A list, past nods went to Jed lowrie with Oakland in 2018, and Elvis Andrus (twice), Sergio romo, Mitch moreland, and Trevor Rosenthal for other clubs. The choice of Moreland in 2018 with the Red Sox was undoubtedly at the expense of Olson.
Looking back at the history of the team, the last A first baseman to be selected was Over there, Alonso in 2017, and overall, Olson is the sixth player to represent the club in that role since moving to Oakland. Here is the full list, dating back to 1968:
- Mark McGwire (1987-92, 95-97)
- John Jaha (1999)
- Jason giambi (2000-01)
- Brandon moss (2014)
- Over there, Alonso (2017)
- Matt Olson (2021)
Also: Go back to the Philly and KC days and you get Jimmie Foxx (three times), Dick Siebert, Ferris Fain (three times), Eddie Robinson, Vic Power (twice), and Norm Siebern (twice). Click here for the full list.
Congratulations to Oly on his well-deserved first All-Star selection!