MILWAUKEE — Shortstop Jean Segura and centerfielder Carlos Gomez were named Saturday to the National League all-star team.
Segura and Gomez will represent the Brewers as reserves July 16 at Citi Field in New York.
It is the first all-star selections for Segura and Gomez, who have more combined hits than any NL teammate combination outside of Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Gomez and Segura are the Brewers’ first multiple all-star representatives since 2011, when Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks were named to the team.
Braun, who has been injured for part of the season, was left off the all-star team for the first time since 2008.
The appointment of two Brewers to the squad was a little bit of a surprise in that the team has the second-worst record in the National League.
But Segura (.321, 11 homers, 35 RBI) and Gomez (.319, 13 homers, 41 RBI) justified their selections with their big numbers before play Saturday night. Segura is fifth in the NL in hitting while Gomez is seventh.
Segura, who led the Winter League in hitting and kept his stride all the way through spring training and into the season, leads the NL in hits (110). A key part of the Zack Greinke trade last season with the Los Angeles Angels, Segura is the only MLB player this season with at least 10 home runs and 25 stolen bases. He had two RBI Saturday night in the Brewers’ victory against the New York Mets.
“I thought about it a little bit,” Segura said. “I just wanted to go out there and play. If I made it I made it; if I don’t I don’t.”
Roenicke informed Segura of his appointment before the Brewers took the field against the Mets.
“It was a special moment,” he said. “Sometimes I can’t believe I’m on the all-star team.”
There is a possibility that Segura could start because Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is fighting through a rib injury.
“That would be great to start,” Segura said. “I don’t want anybody to get hurt and ‘Tulo’ is a great player.”
Noting that he and Gomez are both from the Dominican Republic, Segura said, “It’s a great moment for the Latin community.”
Gomez, who came to the Brewers in 2009 in the J.J. Hardy trade with the Minnesota Twins, has progressed every year. Already one of the best defensive outfielders in the league, he is also becoming a major threat at the plate.
“I’ve had a good year and I’ve been waiting on this day,” Gomez said. “This is a really good moment for me, my family and the Brewers. I’m really thankful.”
Gomez said the fact that the game is in New York was special to him because he made his MLB debut in 2007 with the Mets.
“My family couldn’t see my debut because they didn’t have their visas,” Gomez said. “Now my family can see me play in the All-Star Game.”
Gomez, 27, is the first Brewers centerfielder to make the team since Dave May in 1973.
Segura is the least-experienced Brewer to be an all-star since pitcher Ben Sheets in 2001. Sheets was a rookie that season.
At 23, Segura is one of the youngest Brewers to make the team. Catcher Darrell Porter (1974) and pitcher Lary Sorensen (1978) were both 22 when named to the American League all-star team. Segura would be the youngest Brewer on the team since Prince Fielder in 2007, Paul Molitor in 1980 and Sheets in 2001.
All were 23.
Segura is the first Brewers shortstop named to the all-star team since Hardy in 2007. The only other shortstops to be named were Robin Yount (1980, ‘82, ‘83) and Jose Hernandez (2002).