The sensational summer of Josh Harrison continues as the do-it-all player is selected to his first career all star team. Harrison will serve as a reserve on the team and could prove to be useful in late-game situations when manager Mike Matheny could use him at any position.
Harrison was selected by Matheny, one of his four non-pitcher selections. You have to think that particular selection was significantly influenced by Clint Hurdle, one of Matheny’s assistants. As of Sunday, Harrison is batting .298 with five home runs and much to the excitement of Pirates fans started each of the three games in the Pirates sweep of in-state rival Philadelphia. Harrison started a game at third base, one at second base and one at left field proving his versatility.
Matheny has Harrison listed as an outfielder on his all star roster, although I would not be suprised to see him play in the infield.
Second baseman Neil Walker was a notable snub, however as I predicted in Get Out the Vote, Walker would have to be voted in by the fans in order to make the team. Matheny only selected two second baseman as I suspected and it is quite hard to put Walker’s numbers against those of Dee Gordon and Chase Utley and find it favorable for Walker.
You can catch McCutchen, Harrison and Watson and many other talented all stars in the midsummer classic on July 15 at 8:00 p.m. of Fox.
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