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Mets outfielder Michael Conforto gets All-Star Game nod

By Aidan Bitterman
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Michael Conforto
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Michael Conforto /

The most deserving Met was named to the National League All-Star team on Sunday. That would be outfielder Michael Conforto.

After starting the year as the team’s fourth outfielder, the 24-year-old learned Sunday night that he will appear in next Tuesday night’s All-Star game in Miami, if his injury allows him to participate.

A left hand injury has Conforto on the disabled list currently after he was hit by a Matt Moore pitch last Sunday against the Giants.

The first-time All-Star has 41 RBI this season, and most of that is out of the leadoff spot. He is batting .285 with a .405 on-base percentage and a .953 on-base plus slugging.

No other Mets players made the team, although the argument can certainly be made that Jay Bruce deserves to be there as well.

Bruce has slugged 20 homers at this point in the season and driven in 55 runs, good for sixth and 13th best in the NL, respectively.

Those stats aren’t even enough to put Bruce in the final vote. His only hope to make the team now would be as a replacement.

Conforto hit .321 in April and then .314 in May, before a rough month of June.

On May 24 the outfielder had a .341 batting average and a 1.149 OPS but in June he hit just .206 and only hit one of his 14 homers.

In April of 2016, it looked like Conforto was on his way to being an All-Star that season. He hit .365 in April of last season, but that followed that up with a .169 average in May and then .119 in June.

He finished last season with a .220 average and was demoted to AAA Las Vegas twice after bursting onto the scene in 2015.

Coming into 2017 Conforto was behind Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce, and Curtis Granderson on the depth chart, but a Cespedes injury allowed Conforto to play every day.

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He made the most of the opportunity and, as of right now, will be the lone representative for the Mets in the 88th Midsummer Classic.