Minnesota Twins: 4 Twins that should be in the MLB All-Star Game

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 31: Jose Berrios #17 of the Minnesota Twins acknowledges the crowd after being removed in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on May 31, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 31: Jose Berrios #17 of the Minnesota Twins acknowledges the crowd after being removed in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on May 31, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 23: C.J. Cron #24 of the Minnesota Twins is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 23, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 23: C.J. Cron #24 of the Minnesota Twins is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 23, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

C.J. Cron – 1B

The Twins have been looking for power at first base since Justin Morneau retired and with Joe Mauer walking away after last season, the Twins answer at first resided in C.J. Cron. After winning a spring training battle with Lucas Duda and Tyler Austin, Cron finally earned the everyday role he had been craving and has taken off ever since.

On the season, Cron is hitting .271 with 17 HR and 52 RBI and has provided pop in the middle of a lineup that has taken a huge step forward this season. While Cron rightfully came up short to Cleveland’s Carlos Santana in the MLB All-Star Starter Election, it’s debateable whether Cron should have been passed in favor of Chicago’s Jose Abreu.

Again, Abreu has more name recognition and a track record to help sway voters on the fence, but his 2019 season hasn’t been on the same level as Cron’s. Although he has 19 HR and 60 RBI compared to Cron’s line, he’s hit for a lower average at .262 and hasn’t done much to elevate a White Sox lineup that is among the bottom half at 4.34 runs per game.

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This is part of the strange fact that the Indians and White Sox have more representatives than the Twins do. In the end, it may not matter considering the Twins main goal is to get to the postseason and make some noise, but it has to be disappointing to see their breakout players of 2019 fail to get rewarded for their efforts.

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