October 5, 2020

2020 National League All-Star team


The San Diego Padres, who posted the highest winning percentage in team history, placed four players on my National League All-Star team: infielders Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Jake Cronenworth and starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet.

The Padres (37-23, .617) made the playoffs for the first time in 14 years in the coronavirus-shortened season and won their first playoff series since 1998.

Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman was the league’s top player, hitting .341/.462/.640 with 13 home runs, 53 RBIs and a NL-best 51 runs.

Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish (8-3, 2.01) was the top pitcher, with 93 strikeouts, 14 walks and 11 different pitches.

Cronenworth should win the Rookie of the Year award.
— Kevin Brewer



TEAMS

Best record | Los Angeles Dodgers, 43-17, a 116-win pace

Worst record | Pittsburgh Pirates, 19-41, a 111-loss pace

Home team | Los Angeles Dodgers, 21-9

Road team | Los Angeles Dodgers, 22-8

Best offense | Los Angeles Dodgers

Best baserunning | Colorado Rockies

Best pitching | Los Angeles Dodgers

Best fielding | St. Louis Cardinals



ALL-STAR TEAM

Catcher | Willson Contreras, Cubs

First base | Freddie Freeman, Atlanta

Second base | Jake Cronenworth, Padres

Third base | Manny Machado, Padres

Shortstop | Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres

Left field | Juan Soto, Nationals

Center field | Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta

Right field | Mookie Betts, Dodgers

Designated hitter | Marcell Ozuna, Atlanta

Starting pitchers | Yu Darvish, Cubs

2. Trevor Bauer, Reds
3. Jacob deGrom, Mets
4. Dinelson Lamet., Padres
5. Corbin Burnes, Brewers

Reliever | Devin Williams, Brewers



AWARDS

Best player | Freddie Freeman, Atlanta

Best rookie | Jake Cronenworth, Padres

Best hitter | Juan Soto, Nationals

Best baserunner | Roman Quinn, Phillies

Best fielder | Nolan Arenado, Rockies

Power / speed | Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres

Five-tool player | Mookie Betts, Dodgers



Best pitcher | Yu Darvish, Cubs

Workhouse | Kyle Hendricks, Cubs

Strikeout pitcher | Jacob deGrom, Mets

Strikeout pitcher (reliever) | Devin Williams, Brewers

Best control pitcher | Kyle Hendricks, Cubs



Retired | Hunter Pence, Giants

Highest-paid player | Nolan Arenado, $35 million

No-hitter | Alec Mills, Cubs

December 6, 2019

Jake Cronenworth


position | second base  bats | left  throws | right

2020 age | 26
2020 salary | $563,500
Teams | Padres (2020)
Career statistics | Baseball-Reference.com
Acquired | Traded by the Rays with Tommy Pham to the Padres for a player to be named later, Xavier Edwards (minors) and Hunter Renfroe on Dec. 6, 2019.

June 4, 2019

Fernando Tatís Jr.


position | shortstop  bats | right  throws | right

2020 age | 21
2020 salary | $591,800

Contract status | Signed through 2020
Arbitration eligible | 2022
Earliest free agent | 2025

Teams | Padres (2019-present)
Career statistics | Baseball-Reference.com
Acquired | Traded by the White Sox with Erik Johnson to the Padres for James Shields and cash on June 4, 2016.