Major League Baseball has officially added Oakland Athletics second baseman Jed Lowrie to the American League All-Star team, the league announced on Tuesday.
Lowrie, who will make his first career All-Star Game appearance, finished third in player voting, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. With second-place votegetter Gleyber Torres, the Yankees rookie, injured (right hip strain) and unable to participate, Lowrie will be heading to Washington, D.C. for the July 17 Midsummer Classic.
The 34-year old infielder is among American Leaders in multiple offensive stats, including RBIs (62, tied for second), game-winning RBI (second, with 12), go-ahead RBI (17, tied for fourth), multi-hit games (32, tied for sixth), hits (100, tied for ninth) and doubles (25, tied for eighth).
Overall, Lowrie is hitting .288 (100-for-347) with 40 runs, 16 home runs, a .358 on-base percentage, a .504 slugging percentage and an .863 OPS in 89 games. He’s hitting .342 (25-for-73) with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 40 RBI and a .987 OPS with runners in scoring position, and .429 (12-for-28) with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Having served as the A’s starting second baseman for much of the first half, Lowrie also played 14 games at third while Matt Chapman — baseball’s leader in defensive runs saved — was on the disabled list with a hand injury. Lowrie didn’t make a single error.
Lowrie is the first A’s middle infielder to be selected to the All-Star Game since Miguel Tejada in 2002. In Washington, D.C., he will join A’s closer Blake Treinen giving the A’s multiple All-Star selections for the first time since 2015 (Sonny Gray & Stephen Vogt).
Treinen, who was voted in by the players, is having a career year. He’s 5-1 with a 0.79 ERA and 23 saves. He’s one of the big reasons the A’s are 35-0 when leading after seven innings, and 42-0 when leading after eight.
He leads all major league relievers in ERA, and is tied for first in the American League in opponent OPS. Treinen is the first A’s reliever to be named to the All-Star Team since Sean Doolittle in 2014 when Oakland had seven representatives at the game.
The A’s (51-40) have won 17 of their last 21 games, and 11 of their last 13.