Phillies third baseman gets deep about his first MLB All-Star Game appearance

Alec Bohm is finally getting his chance at the Midsummer Classic and reflects on what got him there.
Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm is gearing up for his first All-Star appearance
Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm is gearing up for his first All-Star appearance / Rich Schultz/GettyImages
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Alec Bohm has had a roller coaster ride since his MLB debut in 2020. His career has been filled with peaks and valleys, with no hardware to show for the Philadelphia Phillies' everyday third baseman. Bohm was a runner-up for the NL Rookie of the Year Award in his debut season and has shown elevated levels of play but hasn't broken through the ceiling the club had hoped for.

That is until this year. Out of the gate, Bohm has remained among the league's best in multiple offensive categories. Bohm has been a solid player overall years prior, but this year feels and has all the findings of a superstar in the making.

Through 88 games, Bohm has a line of .296/.346/.487 with 11 home runs and 70 RBI. His RBI total currently puts him second in the National League. His league-leading 29 doubles are only two behind his career-best from a year ago. His career year has also won him a spot to represent the Phillies in this year's Home Run Derby, per MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

Phillies third baseman gets deep about his first MLB All-Star Game appearance

Bohm won the starting job as an All-Star Game starter at third base, joining Phillies infield teammates Bryce Harper and Trea Turner. With his All-Star nod, Bohm had some deep reflection on what has gotten him to where he is now.

"It's obviously one of those things that kind of just makes you think about all the time, and you know, all the games you've played," Bohm said during a recent postgame interview. "All the good ones, the bad ones, you know all that stuff, and kind of makes it all worth it."

"Good times, bad times, all that. I mean, you play baseball long enough, it's not always going to be pretty, but a lot of those failures and all that stuff is teaching moments too, you know?" Bohm continued. "There's little ways to make yourself better in the long run. So I think all of it's kind of happened exactly how it should, you know, it's kind of brought me to where I am today."

It's a memorable moment frozen in time for the Phillies slugger as the tide has completely turned since his "I (expletive) hate this place" quote a couple of years ago. Now, he's the overwhelming All-Star favorite third baseman in the NL.

Bohm has changed the narrative on his defensive play at third, all while having played sufficient time at first with the Bryce Harper Tommy John saga. Bohm has proved he can reach the heights the Phillies hoped for, and fans look forward to his continued progression.

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