Jed Lowrie talks All-Star snub, what he’d change about voting process

HOUSTON — Like most A’s fans on selection Sunday, Jed Lowrie was surprised when the call to let him know he’d made his first All-Star team never came.

There is strong belief that Lowrie would be likely selected as the injury replacement to Gleyber Torres, who is currently on the disabled list with a hip strain, the second baseman doesn’t believe it should have ever gotten to this point.

“I guess I’m still hopeful,” Lowrie said. “I’m disappointed that I didn’t win the player vote. But I’ll just let my numbers speak for themselves.”

Those numbers are pretty loud.

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Entering Monday’s game against the Astros, Lowrie is batting .290 with 16 home runs, 25 doubles, and 62 RBIs. He leads all American League second basemen in home runs and RBIs, has hit the second-most doubles, and owns the third-highest batting average. Yet here he is hoping to get in by default.

It’s a situation that leaves A’s manager Bob Melvin dumbfounded.

In his 15 seasons as a manager, Melvin could not recall seeing a more deserving player get left out. Not only does Melvin believe Lowrie should be joining A’s closer Blake Treinen in Washington D.C., he said the second baseman would garner plenty of MVP votes if the season were to end Monday.

“I’ve been doing this for a while and I can’t remember one that’s tougher than this one,” Melvin said. “You look at his numbers and he’s better than some of the starters. Hopefully he ends up on the team, because he definitely deserves to be.”

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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