5 San Francisco Giants who deserve a spot on the 2015 All-Star team
May 25, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Nori Aoki (23) hits a single to drive in a run in the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Casey McGehee didn’t exactly replace Pablo Sandoval in convincing fashion, but at least the Giants’ front office got one of their offseason signings right.
Nori Aoki has already surpassed most fans’ expectations this season. His energizing presence atop the Giants’ lineup has allowed Angel Pagan to slide his talents down the order, and he has combined with Joe Panik to effectively set the table ahead of big boys. This formula has proved successful and is helping to bring stability to lineup in the post-Panda era.
Unfortunately for Aoki, it’s unlikely that he’ll beat out some of the NL’s marquee outfielders to earn an All-Star spot. He’s up against the likes of Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton and Yasiel Puig. Still, it’s encouraging that a veteran like Aoki finds himself fourth so far, which means that Giants fans might make a push to reward the Japanese national for his excellent play so far.