Ramos Returns to the All-Star Game
The veteran catcher currently has two All-Star appearances to his name. He made the team in 2016 during his last season with the Washington Nationals and again in 2018 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.
To be fair, Ramos does have staunch competition in the National League. Last season, the NL carried a total of three catchers on the roster. They also had three in 2018, with only two being included on the 2017 team. They must carry at least three for Ramos to have a chance.
Barring a significant early-season injury, it’s safe to assume that J.T. Realmuto and Willson Contreras will be the top contenders for the first two spots. Contreras was named the starter last season, while Realmuto is quietly considered to the best player at his position.
However, an offseason transaction may have left the door open for Ramos. The fact that Yasmani Grandal has moved from the NL Brewers to the AL White Sox leaves a potential space vacant. While fellow veterans Yadier Molina and Omar Narvaez will push for contention, Ramos should have an edge going into the season.
While Ramos’ individual performance will go a long way in helping secure his spot on the roster, there is another important factor: overall team success. As a universal rule across sports, teams with a better record have the best chance of having multiple All-Stars selected.
If the Mets are able to meet their expectations by going into the All-Star break as leaders in the NL East, it will significantly boost Ramos’ chance of making the team.
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