Aaron Nola selected to first National League All-Star team

Aaron Nola will be an All-Star for the first time in his career. (Arturo Pardavila III/Wikimedia Commons)

Aaron Nola will get the ball for the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a double-header against the New York Mets Monday. When he toes the rubber for the Phillies, he’ll do so as a  National League All-Star.

The 25-year-old, who the Phillies selected in the first-round of the 2014 MLB Draft, was selected to his first National League All-Star team Sunday. Nola’s selection was a foregone conclusion, as he’s 11-2 with a 2.41 ERA, 2.73 FIP and 3.6 fWAR in his first 18 starts of the 2018 season. FanGraphs says that Nola has been the seventh best pitcher in the majors in 2018, and the third best in the National League, trailing fellow All-Stars Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom.

Nola will become the first Phillies first-round pick to make an All-Star team since Cole Hamels, who made three All-Star appearances with the Phillies and has four overall in his career. He’s the first Phillies starting pitcher to be selected to the All-Star team since Cliff Lee in 2013.

In fact, the list of Phillies starting pitchers to make the All-Star Game over the last 10 years is a pretty illustrious group; Hamels, Lee and Roy Halladay. Halladay will posthumously be inducted onto the Phillies Wall of Fame next month, while Hamels, the 2008 World Series MVP, is a lock to be inducted when his career concludes. Lee, who made two All-Star teams with the Phillies and was one of the best pitchers of his era will draw consideration in the coming years.

The MLB All-Star Game will take place at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 17 at Nationals Park.



  1. Craig Glessner

    July 8, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    The first of many congratulations Aaron. I know there is a lot of talk about a Machado contract but it may be time to look into locking down Nola longterm. The night Nola made his debut I walked into the clubhouse store and asked them if they had any Nola shirts and the lady said who is that, I told her that was the guy that was going to take the Phillies back to the playoffs. In honor of Aaron GEAUX PHILLIES

    • Tim Kelly

      July 8, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      I think you may be onto something with the extension. I would imagine that’s something they’ll look into this offseason. That’s a great story, especially as Nola continues to become a star.

    • Ken Bland

      July 9, 2018 at 9:57 am

      Aaron Nola, terrific season, and worthy of the type of congrats Blake Snell should be getting is NOT a prime candidate for a long term extension.

      Consider that he’s locked into the Phils for another 3 years, with the benefit of arbitration at his back. Buying those 3 years out is nice, but being overly generous with a bonafide star regular player in advance of free agency is expensive enough. A club is well advised to be prudent with locking too long with a pitcher before it’s forced to. Extend Nola now, above the arbitration period, and you’re looking in the area of 5, 6, 7, 8 years or so.

      Respect him, appreciate the hell out of him, be generous to a point that is practical… for damned sure. Get carried away off the emotion of a superb start? No thanks

      • Matthew Veasey

        July 9, 2018 at 11:41 am

        I would agree on this with Nola and a long-term contract at this time. Let him go another year, see how he holds up both physically and results-wise. It also let’s the Phillies get through the upcoming off-season, when they are expected to be big players in free agency. See where your payroll and needs stand a year from now. Doing a long-term deal with a 26-year old Nola who is still two years away from free agency at that point might be smarter. No need to rush it right now – unless, of course the team finds some reason that he is willing to give them a great Odubel-style deal, which I doubt.

  2. Craig Glessner

    July 9, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    The Orioles probably thought they would wait to sign Machado long term also and how is that working out for them. If he continues to pitch at this level why not pay him what he is worth for the next 8 years instead of waiting 2 years from now when he is pushing a deadline and demanding an even greater amount. Is it a gamble maybe but i’d bet on Nola. GEAUX PHILLIES

    • Matthew Veasey

      July 11, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      The Orioles never had a shot to sign Machado long term. They simply don’t have the assets, and were never willing to improve their club enough to entice him to take a discount and stay. With Nola, we’re talking about a pitcher, and one who just a year ago at this time we were concerned about possibly having arm troubles. Absolutely no harm in waiting a year or so to think about a long term deal. It’s coming for him.

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