Jonathan Schoop has been a bright star on an otherwise average Baltimore Orioles team. On July 2nd, Schoop was selected to his first All-Star team through league selection rather than a fan vote. With the league voting in players, it says that those players selected have been chosen by their peers to be considered the best of the league. With names like Adam Jones and Manny Machado missing from the initial selections, Schoop’s selection means a lot.
Jonathan Schoop has been having a phenomenal first half of the 2017 season. Schoop is batting .297, has 23 doubles (4th in AL) and 39 extra base hits (6th AL) for a team that is struggling right now to consistently win baseball games. Schoop’s selection adds a new wrinkle to the Orioles future plans past 2017 because now the Orioles could have a new core of players to build around moving forward i.e. Manny Machado and Trey Mancini. The only downside to Schoop’s year is that he is leading AL second baseman in errors, which is uncharacteristic of his past play. However, Orioles fans have to rejoice that another homegrown talent has now become an All Star.
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There is no doubt that Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado have bromance going on. It’s frankly one of the best things about this Orioles team that these two guys have been able to create this friendship and feed off one another’s success, much like Elivs Andrus and Adrian Beltre. Schoop could be the chip the Orioles need to hold onto Manny Machado once the 2017 season ends and they begin contract negotiations.
It’s been a real tough go of it for the Orioles right now as they can’t seem to find any consistent starting pitching to keep them in the division race, and the power bats of Chris Davis and Trumbo have gone cold. The Orioles have a few prospects in the minors, but they won’t be ready for at least a few seasons. The Adam Jones and Nick Markakis era in Baltimore delivered a resurgence in Orioles baseball, maybe the Machado-Schoop era could deliver something more.