While no members of the New York Mets were voted by fans to start in the 2022 MLB All-Star Game, the organization will be well represented in the Midsummer Classic. Four players will be traveling to Los Angeles to play the game on July 19: Pete Alonso, Starling Marte, Jeff McNeil, and Edwin Diaz.
All of them, with the potential exception of Marte, are expected to play in the game. Marte is nurging a left groin injury but is expected to make a full recovery by then.
If Marte can’t go, the Mets can also send two worthy candidates: outfielder Brandon Nimmo and pitcher Taijuan Walker.
“We have one of the best records in baseball, and our team is super talented,” Alonso told MLB.com. “So we should have that many guys. We have an excellent team.”
Resurgence seasons and star-level performance by Mets’ stars
Diaz turned boos into cheers with his electric 2022 performance. “It means a lot, because my Mets career didn’t start the way I wanted to,” Díaz said. “But I’ve been able to get it back on track. To make the All-Star team, I’m really happy.”
McNeil, who is hitting .311, has also had quite the resurgence season. “He’s a guy that wasn’t looking for the four days [off],” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s got a lot of respect for the All-Star Game.”
Marte has a .881 OPS since the start of May. “It’s really just having fun, making sure that the kids can go out on the field and meet all the players that they want to meet,” Marte said through an interpreter. “It’s really about them, just so that they can experience that moment for themselves.”
Alonso leads MLB with an eye-opening 70 RBI. He has 23 home runs and is batting a career-best .273 so far. “It means a lot,” Alonso said. “It’s something that I really take pride in. I’m really happy that I was able to play my way into the game. Hard work pays off.”