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Heard of Luis Arráez? ‘Old-school’ Twins infielder is in line for a batting title

Luis Arraez celebrates after hitting a home run against Cleveland on June 21.

He’s the greatest hitting show on Earth.

And no one is paying attention.

A throwback to Tony Gwynn, Rod Carew, Wade Boggs and Ichiro Suzuki.

In a year where the league batting average is .242, the lowest since 1968, with an on-base percentage of .311, there’s a man in baseball defying all of the odds.

The name is Luis Arráez, pronounced (ah-RISE).

He’s an infielder for the Minnesota Twins, playing wherever they need, all over the diamond.

He also was hitting a major-league leading .362 this this week with a major-league leading .442 on-base percentage, bidding to become the first player to hit above .350 in a full season since Josh Hamilton in 2010.

The most stunning stat of all?

There were 55 players who received more All-Star votes than Arráez in the recently released voting totals, none, of course, with a batting average as high as his .346 through Saturday.  Arráez was fourth among American League first basemen, with his 307,0442 votes not even one-third of Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero’s total of 947,045.

“It’s funny, everybody complains about batting averages being down, and then someone is hitting .360,’’ Twins reliever Emilio Pagan told USA TODAY Sports, “and it’s like an afterthought. It’s a new era, everyone wants to see the homers, the slugging percentage through the roof, but he goes about it a little differently. He’s one of the best hitters in baseball and one of the most important guys on our roster.

“We need to see him at the All-Star Game. When you’re hitting .350, .360, you deserve to be there.’’

Luis Arraez celebrates after hitting a home run against Cleveland on June 21.

How can you have an All-Star Game without the best pure hitter in baseball not invited?

“The guy is unbelievable,’’ Twins catcher/DH Gary Sanchez says. “When he’s having a bad day, he still gets two hits. I don’t know if people don’t talk about him because it’s the Twins, but they should. He’s one of the best hitters in…

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