October 10, 2021

2021 NL All-Star team

Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado fought in the dugout and onto my National League All-Star team.

Atlanta’s Ozzie Albies edged out Jake Cronenworth at second base.

The Brewers, who won the NL Central, placed three players on the team — all pitchers.

Juan Soto, Zach Wheeler, Jonathan India and Gabe Kapler take home the big awards.
— Kevin Brewer


Best record | San Francisco Giants, 107-55

Worst record | Arizona Diamondbacks, 52-110

Home team | Los Angeles Dodgers, 58-23

Road team | San Francisco Giants, 53-28

Best offense | San Francisco Giants

Best baserunning | Colorado Rockies

Best pitching | Los Angeles Dodgers

Best fielding | Colorado Rockies


Catcher | Buster Posey, Giants

First base | Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals

Second base | Ozzie Albies, Atlanta

Third base | Manny Machado, Padres

Shortstop | Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres

Left field | Tyler O’Neil, Cardinals

Center field | Bryan Reynolds, Pirates

Right field | Juan Soto, Nationals

Starting pitchers | Zach Wheeler, Phillies

2. Corbin Burnes, Brewers
3. Walker Buehler, Dodgers
4. Max Scherzer, Nationals-Dodgers
5. Brandon Woodruff, Brewers

Reliever | Josh Hader, Brewers

Manager | Gabe Kapler, Giants

Toughest omission | Bryce Harper, Phillies


Player of the Year | Juan Soto, Nationals

Rookie of the Year | Jonathan India, Reds

Best hitter | Juan Soto, Nationals

Best baserunner | Tommy Edman, Cardinals

Best fielder | Ryan McMahon, Rockies

Power / speed | Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres

Five-tool player | Trea Turner, Nationals-Dodgers

Best teammate | Brandon Crawford, Giants

Pitcher of the Year | Zack Wheeler, Phillies

Workhouse | Zack Wheeler, Phillies

Workhouse (reliever) | Tyler Rogers, Giants

Strikeout pitcher | Corbin Burnes, Brewers

Strikeout pitcher (reliever) | Josh Hader, Brewers

Control pitcher | Julio Urias, Dodgers

Control pitcher (reliever) | Josh Tomlin, Atlanta

Retired | Ryan Braun, Brewers

Highest-paid player | Trevor Bauer, $40 million

3,000 strikeouts | Max Scherzer, Dodgers

No-hitters | Joe Musgrove, Wade Miley, Tyler Gilbert

July 25, 2021

Adam Frazier

position | second base  bats | left  throws | right

2021 age | 29
2021 salary | $4.3 million
Contract status | Signed through 2021
Arbitration eligible | 2022
Earliest free agent | 2023

Teams | Pirates (2016-21), Padres (21)
Career statistics | Baseball-Reference.com
Acquired | Traded by the Pirates to the Padres for Tucupita Marcano, Michell Miliano and Jack Suwinski on July 25, 2021.

• NL All-Star (2021)

July 13, 2021

Player rankings, All-Star break

Babe Ruth. Bullet Rogan. Shohei Ohtani.

Or Ronald Acuña Jr. + Gerrit Cole.

Ohtani, the Angels designated hitter-pitcher, is the best player in baseball and the kind of person everyone “should embrace.”

Ohtani is hitting .279/.364/.698 with 33 home runs, 70 RBIs and 65 runs. Those numbers alone place him among the top five position players in the game.

But Ohtani pitches, too. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 3.49 ERA. He has 87 strikeouts in 67 innings.

The top 10 players in baseball are:

1. Shohei Ohtani, Angels
2. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays
3. Fernando Tatís Jr., Padres
4. Jacob deGrom, Mets
5. Max Muncy, Dodgers
6. Zack Wheeler, Phillies
7. Brandon Crawford, Giants
8. Trea Turner, Nationals
9. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
10. Marcus Semien, Blue Jays