Vogelbach’s power lands him 1st All-Star nod

HOUSTON — Daniel Vogelbach came into the season just hoping to play as many games as possible for the Mariners so he might finally show what he could do. Turns out, the burly slugger will play in one more game than expected as he was selected as Seattle’s lone representative

HOUSTON — Daniel Vogelbach came into the season just hoping to play as many games as possible for the Mariners so he might finally show what he could do. Turns out, the burly slugger will play in one more game than expected as he was selected as Seattle’s lone representative for the American League squad in the 2019 All-Star Game lineup, announced Sunday.

• 2019 All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard: July 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX

The 26-year-old first baseman/designated hitter had hit just .197 with four home runs in 61 games over three prior sporadic seasons, with most of his time spent at Triple-A Tacoma after being acquired from the Cubs in 2016.

But the Mariners let veteran DH Nelson Cruz depart in free agency over the winter with the idea of letting Vogelbach finally get his chance, and the youngster has grabbed hold of that opportunity by hitting 20 home runs with a .244/.379/.519 slash line, combining power with an excellent batting eye that has helped him draw 56 walks and put up the best on-base percentage and OPS of any AL designated hitter.

“I’m kind …

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