Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing your 2013 San Diego Padres' All-Star representative, shortstop Everth Cabrera. "Cabby" was named to the NL squad on Saturday by NL All-Star manager Bruce Bochy and his coaching staff.
Cabrera, in only his second season as a starter, hit just .246 last season in 115 games. But his turnaround this season is All-Star worthy: a .295 average, four home runs, 24 RBI's, and a .370 on-base pct., which leads all Major League shortstops. He is also second in the Majors with 31 stolen bases.
He also has the distinction of being the first Padre shortstop to make the All-Star team since Tony Fernandez in 1992.
"I want to keep doing what I'm doing. I don't want to stop here. I want to keep doing my thing and keep working hard," Cabrera said. "I want to play in the big leagues for a long time. But I don't want to just play 10 years. I want to be special."
The NL West is well-represented in the Final Vote, in which fans vote among five finalists to fill the last roster spot in each league. Yasiel Puig and former Padre Adrian Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants are among the five. Ian Desmond of the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman are the other two.
Voting runs from Saturday through Thursday, July 11 at 4:00 p.m. EST. The All-Star Game is scheduled for July 16 at Citi Field in New York, home of the Mets.
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