Sunday, July 05, 2009

All-Star Sox

Major League Baseball announced the All-Star selections today, an amalgam of selections among fans, players, and managers.

Dustin Pedroia and Jason Bay got voted onto the team. Pedroia, the reigning MVP, checks in statistically behind Ian Kinsler and Aaron Hill, but the feisty second baseman got the love. Bay, newly minted as a US citizen, gets the nod in left.

Player voting brought Josh Beckett and Jonathan Papelbon to the AL pitching staff, and manager selection added Kevin Youkilis and Tim Wakefield.

Wakefield's selection is his first, during a remarkable career.
  • Wakefield finished third in Cy Young voting in 1995
  • He is the Red Sox career start leader.
  • Won ten games or more ten times.
  • MLB career 140th in wins
  • MLB active 7th in wins
  • 71st all-time in strikeouts
  • 35th active in adjusted ERA+
  • 7th all-time in most hit batsmen
  • Has led the AL in both losses (15) and home runs allowed (35) in a season
  • On two World Series winners
  • Surrendered the walkoff homer in the ALCS championship game in 2003
Congratulations to the locals selected.

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