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2012 mlb all-star game

Clearly, David Wright Needs an Adorable Nickname

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29:  David Wright #5 of the New York Mets bats during the MLB game at Dodger Stadium on June 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Mets defeated the Dodgers 9-0.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** David Wright David Wright.

David Wright is having an outstanding season: As of this afternoon, he's batting .354 (or two points behind the National League leader, Carlos Ruiz) and is third in the N.L. with an OPS of 1.006. But Wright will not be starting next week's All-Star game; thanks to a surge in voting by Giants fans, Pablo Sandoval will be the N.L.'s starting third baseman, despite having only played just 45 games through this weekend. (If you're curious, Bud Selig won't be investigating the results. "We have built in enough safeguards," he said.)

In any case, Sandy Alderson — who's been tragically silent on Twitter in recent months — has his third baseman's back. Via the GM's Twitter feed:

Wright's lack of a cute nickname might have cost him here, but that just means there's plenty of time to get him one for next year. The "David 'Cuddle Bunny' Wright in '13" campaign starts now.

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Photo: Victor Decolongon/2012 Victor Decolongon