For the fifth time in the past six All-Star games, Nolan Arenado will be the starting third baseman for the National League.
Arenado, 32, was named to his eighth All-Star Game on Thursday when he beat out Atlanta’s Austin Riley in fan voting for the starting slot at third base in the National League. He was named the starter for the fifth time in the past six All-Star Games.
On top of being a 10-time Gold Glover, six-time Platinum Glove recipient and five-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Arenado made the NL All-Star team every year from 2015-19 and now has been named an All-Star all three seasons that he has played with the Cardinals.
Arenado, destined for Cooperstown, had himself a career year in 2022 when he hit at least 30 home runs and drove in at least 103 runs for a seventh straight full season, a feat unheard of in modern MLB. He also won a Gold Glove and finished third in NL MVP Award voting, an award won by teammate Paul Goldschmidt.
This season, Arenado is slashing .273/.321/.485 with 16 home runs, 11 doubles, two triples and 54 RBIs. He hit a three-run home run in Wednesday’s first inning, giving him six first-inning home runs (sixth most in the NL) and 20 first-inning RBIs (third most).
Despite the Cardinals remaining in last place in the division, Arenado continues to be the breakout star, showcasing that the Rockies got fleeced when they traded away the future Hall of Famer many years ago.