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Five Cardinals Named To The National League All-Star Team

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Sunday, July 14th, 2013

 All five of these Cardinals are absolutely well deserving of the honor to be called National League All-Stars.  These five players are crucial to the success of the St. Louis Cardinals have lived up to the pressures that lie with being a St. Louis Cardinal.  They always seem to find a way to get the job done and be respectable leaders in the club house.  With these guys around, the future of the St. Louis Cardinals is very bright. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game can be seen on FOX, Tuesday night at 8:00 PM ET.

All five of these Cardinals are absolutely well deserving of the honor to be called National League All-Stars. These five players are crucial to the success of the St. Louis Cardinals have lived up to the pressures that lie with being a St. Louis Cardinal. They always seem to find a way to get the job done and be respectable leaders in the club house. With these guys around, the future of the St. Louis Cardinals is very bright. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game can be seen on FOX, Tuesday night at 8:00 PM ET.

By Landen Crouch (Cardinals Correspondent)

One week ago, Major League Baseball released the rosters for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game, which will be held in New York City.  On the roster for the National League are five members of the St. Louis Cardinals, the most representatives by any single team for the 2013 mid-summer classic.  

Catcher, Yadier Molina; First Baseman, Allen Craig; Second Baseman, Matt Carpenter; Outfielder, Carlos Beltran; and Pitcher, Adam Wainwright were among those selected to represent St. Louis Cardinals.

So far, 2013 has been a phenomenal year for the Cardinals, heading into the All-Star Break with the best records in all of baseball. So, obviously, some things have gone right for this team.

 These five players have been crucial to the success of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013 and are well deserving of their spots in the game.

National League All-Star Team Announced:

Yadier Molina – 5th All-Star Selection

Molina has been an outstanding leader for the Cardinals for many years.  This season has been no different.  Molina is the clear leader of this club every single day.  His baseball knowledge is unbelievable.  His ability to field the Catcher position (calling pitches, blocking, snap throws) is eye-popping.  And his bat has been improving from the day he first stepped on a Major League Field.  Molina is now regarded as one of the most feared hitters in the game today.

Molina has been an outstanding leader for the Cardinals for many years. This season has been no different. Molina is the clear leader of this club every single day. His baseball knowledge is unbelievable. His ability to field the Catcher position (calling pitches, blocking, snap throws) is eye-popping. And his bat has been improving from the day he first stepped on a Major League Field. Molina is now regarded as one of the most feared hitters in the game today.

Yadier Molina is a true superstar in Major League Baseball and well deserving of a spot on the National League All-Star Team.

 His incredible baseball abilities has caught the attention of all fans of Major League Baseball and made Molina the top vote-getter for the National League team this year.  Molina will be the National League’s starting Catcher.

He leads the National League with a .341 Batting Average.  His power has regressed a tad in 2013 down to 7 Home Runs (even though he was never a true power hitter), and he has also driven in 49. 

Allen Craig – 1st All-Star Selection

Allen Craig (or as I like to call him, Mr. RBI) is in the middle of a great season.  The guy just flat out hits.  His .333 Batting Average leads all Major League First Basemen.  His power numbers have been a little low (10 HRs), but it has not affected his production at all.  The guy is flat out driving in runs.  He is fourth in all of baseball in Runs Batted In with 74. 

Allen Craig is another deserving All-Star selection

Matt Carpenter – 1st All-Star Selection

Matt Carpenter has started the majority of his games in 2013 at Second Base, a position he had never played in the big leagues until this season.  Last season saw Carpenter making appearances at Third, First, and the Outfield.  But with the departure of Skip Schumaker in the 2012 offseason, Carpenter had to step up and learn the Second Base position, something he has done very well.

Matt Carpenter has started the majority of his games in 2013 at Second Base, a position he had never played in the big leagues until this season. Last season saw Carpenter making appearances at Third, First, and the Outfield. But with the departure of Skip Schumaker in the 2012 offseason, Carpenter had to step up and learn the Second Base position, something he has done very well.

Matt Carpenter has been an incredible story for the Cardinals in 2013.  Known as a utility player and pinch-hitter in 2012, Carpenter has really improved his game this season.  Not only has he become an every day player, but he has emerged as a star in the making, providing lots of production from the leadoff spot.  

With the bat, Carpenter has been nothing short of phenomenal.  His .321 Batting Average is good enough to lead ALL Second Baseman.  On top of that, his 9 Home Runs and 45 Runs Batting In are some very nice numbers for a leadoff hitter. 

Carlos Beltran – 8th All-Star Selection 

For a guy that is 36 years old, Carlos Beltran is putting up HUGE numbers.  I do not think that when the Cardinals singed Beltran that they expected him to produce like he has.  

Beltran has always been a big numbers guy, but his career seemed to be winding down a bit when the Cardinals signed him prior to the 2012 season.  His first year with the Cardinals was a big one, but 2013 might just be even better. 

Beltran’s 19 Home Runs and 53 RBI have come mostly from hitting in the 2-hole for the St. Louis Cardinals.  Also, Beltran is batting .309 on the season, good enough for top 20 in all of baseball.  

He is a very talented player that right now is showing no signs of slowing down.

Carlos Beltran will start in Right Field for the National League All-Stars on Tuesday.  

Adam Wainwright 

Adam Wainwright has been a prominent member of the Cardinals pitching staff for many years.  He is a true winner for the Cardinals.  This season has been a good one for him as well.  

After struggling a little in 2012 as he returned from injury (Wainwright missed all of the 2011 season recovering from Tommy John Surgery), he has recovered nicely in 2013, leading the Cardinals in many pitching categories. 

Wainwright is Fifth in all of baseball in ERA with an average of 2.45.  Also, Wainwright’s 12 Wins are good enough for 2nd most in all of baseball.

Wainwright

Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a 5-year/$97M contract extension prior to the 2013 season. Wainwright has always been very important to the Cardinals organization. From getting the last out of the 2006 World Series to cheering from the dugout in the 2011 World Series as he recovered from injury, Wainwright’s presence means a ton to the St. Louis Cardinals.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of www.mlbreports.com and their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our Cardinals Correspondent Landen Crouch.  Landen is a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.  He has followed them almost religiously since he was 7-Years-Old. 

In recent years, though, he has discovered how deep his passion for the game of baseball is.  His dream is to visit as many ballparks as he can in his lifetime. 

Landen does not currently cover sports professionally, but as a hobby.  He is studying Vocal Music Education at Arkansas Tech University and is his final year in the program. 

He is set to graduate in December of this year.  Follow and Interact with Landen on Twitter

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About LandenCrouch

My name is Landen Crouch. I am a husband, dad, and follower of Christ. I work as Worship Pastor and Youth Pastor at The Refuge Church (myrefugechurch.tv) in Russellville, AR. I am passionate about Jesus, leadership, and just about all things sports.

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