BRISTOL - Bristol Blues manager Ronnie Palmer knows the job of deciding who to make up the all-star roster is not easy for the commissioner of the FCBL.
But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t believe some of his players - such as Alex Loparco, Matthew Bonvicini and Michael Genaro - were snubbed from the roster.
“It’s extremely difficult,” Palmer said of picking the all-star teams. “You have seven teams with a lot of good ball players scattered throughout the rosters. The commissioner’s job isn’t easy.”
He’s hitting .267 with two homers, seven steals, 13 RBI and has scored 24 runs. He’s been a big reason Bristol has been a top-three team in the FCBL throughout the summer.
“Alex has played infield and outfield for us and hitting out of the leadoff spot,” Palmer said. “He’s just a very well-rounded player.”
Bonvicini is another hitter that could have been on the roster.
He’s hitting .291 with one home run and 16 RBI. His presence in the Blues’ lineup has been huge this summer. In 25 games entering Sunday, Bonvicini has 23 hits and reached base 22 other times between walks, hit by pitches and errors.
“Off the top of my head, I think in the last 15 games he’s gotten a base hit or been on base at least once or twice [a night] in those 15 games,” Palmer said. “I don’t think anybody playing first base has been a more consistent hitter than he has this summer.”
The third Blues player that has a legitimate argument to be part of this year’s All-Star team is Genaro.
On the mound Genaro has been one of the more consistent pitchers with a 3.75 ERA in 38 1/3 innings with 29 strikeouts and four walks over seven starts. And each game Genaro takes the mound Bristol knows what it’s getting.
“Every time he’s gone out to pitch for us we have an opportunity to win a ball game,” Palmer said. “He doesn’t walk anybody.”
The five players representing Bristol deserve the nod but some left off the team drew questions.
“We’ve been one of the top teams in the league this year and I just think some of our guys should have made it but didn’t,” Palmer said.