The American League roster consisted of the Blue Jays on Tuesday night in Colorado, so it’s no surprise that the 2021 All-Star game played out like most games in Toronto.
This was always expected for Guerrero, who broke in 2019 as the No.1 prospect in all of baseball with generational offensive potential and a Hall of Fame name. The same can’t be said of Hernández, who established himself in his late twenties as one of the most dangerous power hitters in the game.
Hernández doubled up at right center fielder in the fifth inning and was then pushed by Guerrero, turning the story around the way it usually happens with the Blue Jays. Tuesday was a special moment for the 28-year-old outfielder, who just two years ago was demoted to triple A as he struggled both at plate and on the field. Hernández saw it as an opportunity, however, and he was one of the stars of the 2020 season, winning a Silver Slugger Award before securing the All-Star nod in ’21.
Semien has taken a long way at it, but through the big leagues. Now in his ninth season, Semien has spent the first six years of his MLB career hitting .249 with a .713 OPS while playing defense not as polished as you see today. Then came his breakthrough 2019 season, when Semien deserved an All-Star appearance and finished third in the American League MVP vote. He bet on himself to come to Toronto on a one-year, $ 18 million contract, and it has worked wonderfully for both teams, as the second baseman remains a fixture at the top of one. of the best teams in baseball.
“It still doesn’t feel real,” Semien said ahead of the all-star game. “You’ve seen the ups and downs, what I’ve been through. I still have a lot to learn. Being in Toronto with a change of scenery, a new position, I handled it well and swung the bat well in the first half. I am here.”
It was Semien who opened the scoring in the 2021 All-Star Game, bringing Aaron Judge home on a field single at third base in the second set.
Bichette’s All-Star debut came full circle for her family. His father, Dante, played seven seasons for the Rockies as a powerful member of the Blake Street Bombers, but Bo is forging his own path as one of the AL’s most talented young shortstops. Guerrero may be in the spotlight, but Bichette is also the cornerstone of this franchise today and into the future.
“Over the past two years, we’ve started playing cleaner baseball. Obviously, everyone knows what we are capable of offensively and we also have a lot of good pitchers, ”said Bichette. “It’s fun growing up with my teammates and continuing to learn with my teammates. Hopefully we take this step forward. ”
As the Blue Jays enter the second half of their season at 45-42, the club clearly have pitching needs to be met, but training is a strength. Semien, Bichette, Guerrero and Hernández were the top four in this lineup for most of the season before manager Charlie Montoyo put George Springer in the top spot, but however they are lined up, this squad of stars will have to continue being the engine of this team as they push for a playoff spot.
“A lot of our wins have been big breakouts and then you get to close games and we don’t do as well,” Semien said. “It takes a better pitch, better defense and timely hitting. This is always what happens in close matches. We can blow up a team some nights, and we have the bats to do it. “
The Blue Jays open their second half on Friday at home against Rangers, and if their four All-Stars can continue to play at that level with Guerrero chasing the biggest MVP Award, it’s a good starting point for the race that the Blue Jays think they’re capable of.