Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 10/22/14
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Daniel Nava has a career 16 home runs and 103 runs batted in. He drives an old beat-up red Ford truck, and makes $505,000. Nava is an extremely fundamentally sound baseball player. He gets zero media attention, yet why should he? He’s just another player fighting to stay in the big leagues and this year he has proven that he is finally here to stay. All of Boston knows that Nava is putting up an all-star caliber year. He needs national media attention and consideration from fans of other cities. Photo Credit: Boston Globe staff photo / Bill Greene Nava, up until recently, was one of those up and down prospects that spent time at every level of the farm system. In 2010, he spent two months in AAA. At that time he was quoted as saying “I know I have the talent and the ability, and I can keep playing at the next level,” he said. “If I didn’t think I could, I would have been like, ‘You know what? There’s no point.’ … I definitely thought I could perform and perform well. That’s why I kept on going. Quitting is just not much of an option for me.” Nava stuck with it and is now batting second every night for the Red Sox. Nava started this year off by hitting a three-run home run which proved to be the winning margin on April 20, 2013, the first Red Sox home game after the Boston Marathon bombings earlier that week. Currently Nava is hitting .288 with 9 homers and 44 runs batted in and a OBP of .383, clearly a career best and it’s only June. Nava figures to compete for a reserve role in the 2013 All-Star Game in New York City, but the only problem is that he is not listed on the ballot. In order for Nava to make the team, he must be written in by the fans or picked by manager Jim Leyland. Nava’s numbers on the year are close to those of Tigers First Basement Prince Fielder. Fielder is hitting .292 with 12 homers and 54 runs batted in and a OBP of .389. Fielder has the name exposure and is a sure all-star. Nava is third in batting average on the first place Red Sox behind the likes of two automatic all-stars in Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. Nava ranks amongst the best in OPS at .843 with Robinson Cano, Adam Jones, Manny Machado, and Jose Bautista. His top 10 ranking for OBP puts him as the sixth best for outfielders in all of the MLB in front of Mike Trout, Jose Bautista and Ryan Braun. Nava has hit in almost every spot in the lineup and plays both corner outfield positions. His consistency and ability to work the count has become something the Red Sox are able to rely on as we move into the dog days of summer. He’s a big reason why the Red Sox have enjoyed so much success to start this season and is slowly but surely garnering himself some recognition. Daniel Nava is the ultimate feel good story here in Boston. Gaining national exposure will be difficult for Nava, but he deserves to be an all-star. -Kovner
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