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Royals News: Whit Merrifield Earns All-Star Nod as a Replacement

Devon Platana
Kansas City Royals 2B/OF Whit Merrifield has earned an all-star nod as a replacement.
Kansas City Royals 2B/OF Whit Merrifield has earned an all-star nod as a replacement. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Being named as a reserve player for the MLB All-Star Game is always an honor because it means that people are taking notice of a player's contributions. However, there's nothing like actually playing in the game itself.

Kansas City Royals 2B/OF Whit Merrifield was scheduled to be a reserve for this year's all-star festivities, however, he learned on Saturday that he'll actually be playing in this year's game. With Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve pulling out due to injuries, Merrifield was chosen by the player's ballot to serve as the replacement second basemen.

Whit Merrifield News

Merrifield is no stranger to the MLB All-Star Game, having already participated in the event once before in 2019.

Through 88 games played so far this season, Merrifield has 8 home runs and 46 RBI while slashing .272/.325/.410 in 349 at-bats. That's not even to mention the fact that he leads the MLB with 24 stolen bases — something he's already done in 2017 and 2018.

In fact, the only player who has more stolen bases than Merrifield's 135 since 2017 is Washington Nationals SS Trea Turner with 155.

But, Merrifield's all-star-quality performance this season hasn't been enough to lift the Royals out of the American League's basement. With a 36-52 record, Kansas City is 16.5 games back of first in the AL Central and has just +50000 odds to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Considering those odds are tied for dead-last in the MLB, Royals fans should be thanking Merrifield for giving them something to cheer about this season.

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