BALTIMORE — The 2017 MLB All-Star Game rosters became public on Sunday night, and Orioles’ second baseman Jonathan Schoop is on the American League team.
Schoop will be making his first trip to the All-Star Game as the lone Orioles representative, although more players could be added before the break. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve will start for the American League, making Schoop a reserve.
“It means a lot for me and my family,” Schoop said on Sunday. “Buck [Showalter] told me and Bobby [Dickerson] starts crying. He’s known me since I was 16. I think he’s more happy for me than [I am] that I made it.”
Schoop, 25, is a native of the Netherlands. The Orioles signed Schoop in 2008, and he made his Major League debut late in the 2013 season. He is a lifetime .259 hitter with 73 home runs.
This season, Schoop is hitting .297 with 85 hits, 16 home runs, and 51 RBI. He leads the team in several statistical categories, including hits, home runs, RBI, and OBP. Historically, including this season, Schoop has been placed towards the bottom of Baltimore’s lineup. Recently, the offensive struggles of Manny Machado and the aging of Adam Jones have given Schoop an opportunity to bat third. He has not disappointed in that role.
“I’m beyond excited,” Machado said after hearing the news. “I know how much he’s worked to get here, and all the struggles he’s been through just to get to the big leagues.”
Machado and Schoop are widely known as best friends, both on and off the field.
You can check out the full 2017 MLB All-Star Game rosters here.
The 2017 All-Star Game takes place on Tuesday, July 11, at 8:00 pm from Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.
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