2021 All-Star Game: Oakland A’s 1B/OF Matt Olson named to American League Team

Matt Olson of Oakland A’s 2017 photo. By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

July 4th, 2021

Athletics first baseman Matt Olson has been elected to the American League All-Star Team on the player ballot for the 91st Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 13, at Coors Field in Denver. It is his first career All-Star selection.

Olson is the first A’s first baseman to represent the club at the All-Star Game since Yonder Alonso in 2017.

Olson, 27, entered the day hitting .282 (81-for-287) with 51 runs scored, 18 doubles, 20 home runs, 53 RBI, a .370 on-base percentage, .554 slugging percentage, and a .924 OPS in 79 games this season. He is among the American League leaders in home runs (4th), slugging percentage (7th), OPS (8th), extra-base hits (T-8th), and sacrifice flies (T-8th). Olson leads American League first basemen in RBI and ranks second in home runs.

In six Major League seasons, he is batting .251 (445-for-1770) with 273 runs scored, 84 doubles, one triple, 123 home runs, and 315 RBI, with a .344 on-base percentage, .508 slugging percentage, and an .852 OPS. His 123 home runs are the most by an A’s player in his first 498 career games and are 10th-most in Major League history. Olson is a two-time American League Rawlings Gold Glove winner (2018-19) and his 473 games at first base are fourth-most in Oakland history.

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (July 13), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 12), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Celebrity Softball Game (July 11), the MLB Draft (July 11-13) and PLAY BALL PARK at the Colorado Convention Center (July 9-13), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city.

The 91st Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by 70 partners in 15 languages across 223 countries and territories. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week, including ticket information and updates, please visit www.allstargame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

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