By Tim Kowols
Previously overlooked by fans and players, Jesus Aguilar is hoping to still join his teammates in Washington D.C. for next week’s MLB All-Star Game. Rosters for the Midsummer’s Classic were announced Sunday, with Milwaukee Brewers outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain and reliever Josh Hader making the initial cut. Noticeably absent was Aguilar, who despite being slated for a reserve role at the season’s outset has shined since Eric Thames went down with an injury earlier this year. Aguilar finds himself behind the Braves’ Freddie Freeman, the Reds’ Joey Votto, and the Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt despite hitting a league-leading 22 homers in addition to knocking in 59 runs and batting over .300. Fans are encouraged to vote early and often through Wednesday to get the Brewers first baseman onto the All-Star roster over the likes of Nationals shortstop Trea Turner, Dodgers infielder/outfielder Max Muncy, Giants infielder Brandon Belt, and Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter.