Rockies C Elias Diaz was named All-Star Game MVP

July 11, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; National League catcher Elias DIAz of the Colorado Rockies (35) lifted the MVP trophy after winning the 2023 MLB All Star Game at T-Mobile Park. Image: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

SEATTLE — Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Diaz named 2023 All-Star Game MVP on Tuesday night

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Diaz blasted a two-run forward homer from Baltimore Orioles reliever Felix Bautista in the eighth inning to lift the National League All-Stars to a 3-2 victory. He is the first player in Rockies franchise history to be named All-Star Game MVP

“It’s amazing, really,” said NL manager Rob Thompson of the Philadelphia Phillies. “I was told by (Colorado manager) Bud (Black) he is one of the nicest people you will ever meet, and he was exactly that when he came in. For him to do that, it’s amazing.”

Going into Tuesday, the NL team has lost nine straight in the All-Star Games. Its most recent win came in 2012, when it beat the American League 8-0.

Diaz, 32, is making his first All-Star appearance. In 80 games before the break, he was hitting . 277 with nine homers and 45 RBI.

In nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates (2015-19) and Rockies (2020-23), Diaz has a career . 248 hitter with 51 home runs and 231 RBI in 567 games.

–Field Level Media

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