Dutch Jones and Schoop in the selection of All Star Game MLB
The Dutch, Kenley Jansen and Jonathan Schoop are included in the selection for the annual Major League All Star Game, the MLB next week, Tuesday in Miami.
For the 25-year-old Schoop, who plays for the Baltimore Orioles, it is the first time that he is selected. He is one of the second honkmannen for the team of the American League, which traditionally plays against the team of the National League.
Jansen will participate in the National League. The 29-year-old reliever, who, since 2010, plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was last year selected.
It may be possible there is a third Dutchman, because the fans can have until Thursday to vote for the last position. There are five players nominated, including Xander Bogaerts (Boston Red Sox) and Didi Gregorius of New York Yankees. Last year the choice fell on Bogaerts.
In a first reaction to his selection says Schoop “extremely happy”. “There is now everything in my head. I go there and I’m going to enjoy it.”
It is remarkable that the Curaçao born Jansen is not satisfied. He is frustrated that he, just as much as the other three selected players from the Dodgers, not in the basis will stand and give the fans of the team to blame. According to Jansen, they have not enough voted.
“I say it loud and clear: it is the fault of the fans. We had with two people in the base should have.”
Although there are now two and possibly even three, it doesn’t often happen that the Dutch are to be selected for the All Star Game. Only Bert Blyleven (1973 and 1985), Andruw Jones (2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006) and Jair Jurrjens (2011) went Bogaerts, Jones and Schoop.
The 88th edition of the All Star Game is Tuesday, played in Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins.