On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball announced their All-MLB teams. To no one’s surprise, the Padres had three players earn nods, with shortstop Fernando Tatis and third baseman Manny Machado on the first team and starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet on the second team.
Tatis earning first-team honors was likely expected before the season even began. Despite a drop in production during the month of September, he managed to outlast and beat out Corey Seager of the Dodgers and Trea Turner of the Nationals. Tatis slashed .277/.366/.571 with a team-leading 17 home runs. HE also led the all shortstops in fWAR and OAA, per Statcast.
Machado winning first-team honors as third was expected to be the more difficult feat as he contended with the Indians’ Jose Ramirez (second), who finished above Machado (third) in voting for NL league MVP. Machado finished with a line of .304/.370/.580 and 16 homers (second on Padres).
“He’s a hell of a player, and we push each other,” Machado said about Tatis following the announcement of the teams. “That’s kind of good, having such a young star like that, seeing him grow every single day, seeing how he works, seeing how he goes about his business and tries to prepare every single day.”
“He has a very bright future ahead of him. It’s good to have him on our side and next to me every single day, because every single player needs that. We need people to push us to be the best we possibly can.”
Lamet was one of the brightest spots for the Padres rotation during a season that lacked any consistency in the bullpen.
El Flaco finished with a 2.09 ERA, good for fifth in the major leagues, and a WHIP of 0.86, good for third. He’s also the only pitcher to pitch over 60 innings and allow less than 40 hits on the season. Finally, his 93 strikeouts were tied for seventh in the majors with the Cubs’ Yu Darvish.
A huge congratulations to this group of Padres on their selections to the All-MLB team!