Vote for Brandon Belt, Donovan Solano, and Mike Yastrzemski for All-MLB
By Jeff Young
The vote for the 2020 All-MLB Team is underway, and Brandon Belt, Mike Yastrzemski, and Donovan Solano are three SF Giants with a chance at victory.
While most fans associate All-League teams with the NFL, Major League Baseball is following suit. Fans can vote to select the All-MLB team for the 2020 season. Three SF Giants are finalists for the recognition. First baseman Brandon Belt, second baseman Donovan Solano, and right fielder Mike Yastrzemski all had career years in 2020 and could add another recognition to their trophy cases.
Fans can vote once every 24 hours from the same device if they follow this link.
Given that there was no All-Star game in 2020 due to the pandemic-shortened season, this would be a cool honor for any of the three to take home. Voting ends on November 13, and the first and second teams will be announced in December.
Belt had his best season yet in 2020 where he slashed a.309/.425/.591 line (178 OPS+) with nine home runs and 30 RBI while being worth 2.0 WAR. He will face some stiff competition including Jose Abreu (166 OPS+) and Freddie Freeman (186 OPS+). All three players should see some MVP votes when the ballots are released.
At second base, Solano continued to swat line drive after line drive like he has since he put on the Orange and Black uniform. In 203 plate appearances, the right-handed bat produced a .326/.365/.463 line (128 OPS+) with 15 doubles, three home runs, and 29 RBI while being worth 1.3 WAR in 2020.
D.J. LeMahieu (177 OPS+) and Brandon Lowe (152 OPS+) will capture a lot of the votes at second base, but Solano’s solid season should not be overlooked.
Yastrzemski followed up a strong rookie campaign in 2019 with an even better year in 2020. Across 225 plate appearances, the left-handed bat generated a .297/.400/.568 line (165 OPS+) with 10 home runs and 35 RBI while being worth 2.5 WAR.
Furthermore, he took home the 2020 Willie Mac Award as the team’s leader both on and off the field. Along with Belt, the Vanderbilt Univesity product should see his name on plenty of MVP ballots.
There are 14 players in the outfield category, and six of them will be recognized as either first and second-team honorees. Yastrzemski has a legitimate shot at being one of those six names but outfielders like Mookie Betts (149 OPS+) and Juan Soto (212 OPS+) should see considerable support as well.
The vote is only open for the next five days and three SF Giants need your help! Help Mike Yastrzemski continue to get the recognition he deserves! #BeltWars battalions unite to support Brandon Belt!! Donnie Barrels crew help Donovan Solano add to his Silver Slugger Award!