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LA Angels Tommy La Stella proving that he should be an All-Star

By David Rice
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 25: Tommy La Stella #9 of the Los Angeles Angels heads to third base as he scored an inside the park home run against the Cincinnati Reds the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 25: Tommy La Stella #9 of the Los Angeles Angels heads to third base as he scored an inside the park home run against the Cincinnati Reds the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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The LA Angels have been fortunate this season to have a deep roster that has been able to absorb a lot of injuries. Tommy La Stella has had a chance to play every day because of injuries to Zack Cozart & Andrelton Simmons.

LA Angels Tommy La Stella has taken full advantage of the situation having a career-year in only half a season.  So far La Stella is hitting .300 with 16 homers and 44 RBIs and .352 OBP.  In five years prior to 2019 La Stella had only hit 10 homers total. In addition La Stella has only struck out 26 times in 263 at-bats.

Thanks to La Stella’s great first-half he finished first place in the initial All-Star balloting at second base edging out perennial All-Star Jose Altuve and the Yankees D.J. LeMahieu.  La Stella will now be in the finals to be a starter for the 2019 All-Star game.

The final voting for All-Star starters will begin Wednesday morning at 9 am PDT and continue until Thursday afternoon at 1 pm PDT.  If La Stella receives the most votes he will be the All-Star starter, an honor he richly deserves.

On Tuesday night, La Stella made one final case for his All-Star selection.  In the bottom of the first inning La Stella hit a ball that looked like it might go over the centerfield wall for his 16th home run. The ball instead hit the top of the wall and bounced away from Reds center fielder Nick Senzel as La Stella hustled around the bases and slid home safely without a throw to record the first inside-the-park home run for the Angels since 2012 when Peter Bourjos did the trick at Minnesota.

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In the top of the second inning La Stella hustled after an infield single by Phillip Ervin and threw a strike to catcher Jonathan Lucroy that allowed the Angels to catch Reds Eugenio Suarez in a rundown that led to the third out and saved a run for the Angels.  This just shows how versatile and well-rounded Tommy La Stella is.

So today please go to your computers, laptops, tablets, or smart phone and help vote Tommy La Stella into the All-Star game.  Oh by the way don’t forget to vote for Mike Trout as well so that he can get his 8th trip to the Mid-Summer Classic and start for the seventh time in his career.


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Both La Stella and Trout are worthy of the All-Star starting spot at their respective positions.  You can vote for both Angels on the angelsbaseball.com website or on the MLB.Com website either on your smart phone or computer or tablet.  Vote early and often and get our boys into the game.

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