Goldschmidt named All-Star starter at first base
Lone selection first D-backs position player so honored since Gonzalez in '01
Paul Goldschmidt has been a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy season for the D-backs, and the first baseman was rewarded for his efforts by being named the National League's starting first baseman for the 2014 All-Star Game.
Goldschmidt won the fan voting at first base and will be the first D-backs position player to start an All-Star Game since outfielder Luis Gonzalez in 2001. He was the only Arizona player selected Sunday.
"It speaks more to the fans than anything I've done," Goldschmidt said. "They were out voting and at our stadium voting and online voting and everything else. Some of the stories I've heard, where fans are voting tons of times, I'm definitely thankful for the support that they had and just grateful for that."
Goldschmidt, who finished second in the voting last year behind Cincinnati's Joey Votto, started out this year's voting in fifth place, but quickly vaulted to the top.
"I'm sure it's going to be another one of many," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's a great choice. There's conversations that are going to go on about whether certain guys were the right choices or not. Paul won't be one of them. The consensus is he's earned it. We'll be excited to see him play."
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
Prior ASGs: 2014
ASG W-L: 2-2
ASG Stats: 1-for-2, 1 2B SB
How he made 2014 NL team: Fan vote
Why He's an All-Star: Goldschmidt has picked right up where he left off last year when he finished runner-up in the MVP voting. He has ranked among the offensive leaders at first base throughout the season.
DYK?: Goldschmidt received his business degree from the University of Phoenix last year after starting it at Texas State University. Has started "Goldy's Fund 4 Kids" to raise money for Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Quotable: "The numbers he continues to put up on a daily basis are impressive and worthy of such recognition. Our fans made all of the difference with their relentless voting and never-ending encouragement of others to do the same. We proved that we can compete with all markets." -- D-backs team president/CEO Derrick Hall
Immediately following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters on Sunday, fans began voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each league until the winners are announced after the voting concludes on Thursday at 1 p.m. MST.
The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans help choose the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com and via Twitter in the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
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