Marlins Jazz second baseman Chisholm Jr. selected to start in All-Star Game – Sun Sentinel

Jazz Chisholm Jr. will euro to Los Angeles for this year’s All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium as the Marlins’ second baseman was announced Friday as a National League starter in the Midsummer Classic.

Chisholm, 24, beat fellow NL East finalist and contender Ozzie Albies of the Atlanta Braves for the start gig. He led all NL second basemen through the voting process.

He becomes the first Bahamian-born player to be selected — let alone start — an All-Star Game.

“I’m just excited because I know how hard I’ve worked to get to where I am right now,” Chisholm said at a press conference after the announcement. “It’s been a bit of a journey, but I’m her now and it’s just exciting to write history and be a part of it.”

The Marlins don’t have a long history as All-Star starters, only six players in franchise history have accomplished the feat. Hanley Ramirez (three times), Dee Strange-Gordon, Marcell Ozuna, Gary Sheffield and Giancarlo Stanton are the others.

Chisholm has been the epitome of charisma and swagger since joining the Marlins at the end of the 2020 season. He has become known for his flair not only in his style of play but also in his fashion choices on the diamond.

He has something special in store for Los Angeles.

“You’ll just have to see, I’ll definitely show it there,” Chisholm said.

Midway through the season, Chisholm is off to a star-worthy start. He is hitting .254/.325/.535 with .860 OPS, he also has 12 stolen bases in addition to playing solid defense at second base.

The only thing standing in Chisholm’s way now before the All-Star Game is his health. He has been on IL for 10 days since June 29 with a sprained right lower back. The last game he played was against the Cardinals the day before, a game he was pulled from in the second inning.

Chisholm has since participated in mobility and core strengthening work at the team’s spring training facility in Jupiter, hoping to return to the team in time for the All-Star break.

“My back is fine right now, maybe I can get on the pitch by next week,” Chisholm said. “So I feel like I should be able to play in the game.”

Along with celebrating his own accomplishments, Chisholm was quick to campaign for some of his Marlins teammates.

When asked who he thinks should be the National League starting pitcher, he thinks the choice is obvious.

“Oh, of course Sandy Alcántara,” Chisholm replied. “He’s the best pitcher in the world. Come on, who else would it be.

Alcántara is in the midst of a stellar season with a 1.82 ERA, good for third in MLB and nine wins, tied for fourth. The starting pitchers for the All-Star Game will be announced along with the rest of the rosters Friday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN.

This year’s All-Star Game is scheduled for July 19 at 8 p.m.

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