Major League Baseball’s mid-summer classic is just a few short weeks away and fans in Baltimore are surely wondering which Oriole will represent their team in Arizona for the All-Star game. While Baltimore has seen hot and cold streaks from a number of players on their roster, it’s my belief that centerfielder Adam Jones will receive the honor of the Orioles All-Star.
Since the voting is always dominated by the bandwagon fans of New York and Boston, we know that the Orioles representative will be selected by the American League’s manager Ron Washington. This season, Adam Jones has hit a consistent .295 at the dish with ten home runs and 38 RBI. His average has reached and broken the .300 mark four times in June and hasn’t dipped below the .270 mark since May 10.
Thus far, in June Jones is hitting .323 with a .565 slugging percentage and .903 OPS.
But more than the numbers, Adam Jones will bring the intangible things to Arizona when he represents the O’s for the All-Star game for the second time in his young career. Jones’ personality is probably the largest on this Orioles team, his defense has made highlight reels for several seasons and he’s a face that people recognize nation wide in association with the Orioles. Just yesterday, Jones hit a homer and fish bumped a guy in the crowd after crossing home.
I’d say that even if Jones struggles over the next couple weeks, he’s a lock to represent Baltimore based on the intangibles listed above alone. Does Adam Jones get your vote for Baltimore’s All-Star representative?