Four Giants pitchers join Bochy on NL team
Trio of Brewers starters include NL record vote-getter Braun
DETROIT -- Managing has its privileges. Bruce Bochy indicated that he would capitalize on them, and he did.As the skipper of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, Bochy used his status as the National League's All-Star manager to install as many of his players as possible on the roster, as numerous predecessors have done. Bochy added right-handed starters Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong to an NL squad that included right-handed reliever Brian Wilson, who was elected to the team by players. Though Bochy had said recently that he would give his own players every consideration, he insisted that he didn't mindlessly snub worthy performers. "We were thoughtful of the guys who were deserving that we couldn't find a spot for," Bochy said. "That [happens] every year. That won't change."
At the same time, Bochy didn't apologize for placing the largest contingent of Giants starting pitchers on the All-Star team since the game's inception in 1933."It's something they've earned," he said. "It's not just me being biased. They're great pitchers." The 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix. It will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage. As Bochy suggested, players went to bat for teammates who were perceived as All-Stars but didn't make the team. The list of those left out -- for now -- included Atlanta right-hander Tommy Hanson (9-4, 2.62 ERA), Pittsburgh right-hander Kevin Correia (10-6, 3.79), Washington right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (5-7, 2.63 ERA), San Diego setup specialist Mike Adams (3-1, 1.21 entering Sunday), San Diego third baseman Chase Headley (.311 batting average, .404 on-base percentage, .819 OPS entering Sunday) and Arizona right-hander Ian Kennedy (8-2, 3.01 ERA). "I'm still hoping and praying that Mikey will get a chance to pitch," said closer Heath Bell, the Padres' lone All-Star, referring to Adams. "I'm really disappointed that he didn't get it. Mikey should have at least been part of the fan vote. I would have liked to have been there with a teammate." Arizona players were particularly vocal in their support of Kennedy, who's among five NL candidates to join the team through the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by Sprint. "I think it stinks," second baseman Kelly Johnson said. "I'm not going to lie. He's been a huge part of our success to be where we're at. It's just sad. I think it's unfortunate and I know everyone else on the team feels it's unfortunate." Adjustments appear imminent. Barring rainouts, injuries or altered plans, Cain and Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels are scheduled to pitch Sunday, and according to a new rule, they are ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game. So a player, most likely a pitcher, will be chosen to replace each of them on the active All-Star roster. A pitcher from the player vote will be named to compensate for Hamels, and Bochy will select one to stand in for Cain.
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Overall, the NL's All-Star squad reflects the league's balance of power. Clubs at or near the top of the standings in their respective divisions had the largest contingents. The three teams with league-high four-man representation were San Francisco, which sits atop the West; the East-leading Philadelphia Phillies; and the Atlanta Braves, who own the NL's second-best record.The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals, who entered Sunday tied for first place in the Central, each put a trio of players on the team. All three Brewers were selected through fan balloting and will start the game: Left fielder Ryan Braun, who set a league record by receiving 5,928,004 votes, first baseman Prince Fielder and second baseman Rickie Weeks. "It kind of means the Milwaukee Brewers have arrived on the national scene," Braun said. "It's special for all of us to go there together and represent the Brewers and the city of Milwaukee. Ultimately, it's a reward for having a good half as a team. I don't think there's any way you get three starters if you don't have a good first half as a team." The All-Star rosters from both leagues were announced Sunday by TBS on the 2011 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell. Fans also elected Atlanta catcher Brian McCann, New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, Philadelphia third baseman Placido Polanco, St. Louis outfielder Lance Berkman and Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp. Weeks and Kemp head the NL's list of 11 first-time All-Stars, which includes right-handers Tyler Clippard (Washington), Joel Hanrahan (Pittsburgh), Jair Jurrjens (Atlanta) and Ryan Vogelsong (San Francisco); left-handers Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles) and Jonny Venters (Atlanta); first baseman Gaby Sanchez (Florida); shortstop Starlin Castro (Chicago) and right fielder Jay Bruce (Cincinnati). Though McCann, the Most Valuable Player in last year's All-Star Game at Anaheim, made his sixth team, he was elected to start for the first time. The only National Leaguers with as much or more All-Star experience are Berkman (six), New York outfielder Carlos Beltran (six), Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones (seven) and Philadelphia right-hander Roy Halladay (eight). Voting from players, managers and coaches accounted for the presence of eight position players and eight pitchers on the team. Position players chosen by their peers were Jones, Bruce, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado, catcher Yadier Molina and left fielder Matt Holliday from St. Louis and first baseman Joey Votto, second baseman Brandon Phillips and right fielder Jay Bruce from Cincinnati. Pitchers chosen by the same vote were Halladay, Hamels, Hanrahan, Jurrjens, Kershaw, Venters, Wilson and Philadelphia's Cliff Lee. Two of the Reds' All-Stars expressed the significance of being chosen by one's peers. "It's an honor to go there, especially to get voted on by the players," Phillips said. "That right there was very unexpected. It's nice to know that the players recognize my play and I'm going to go out there and represent the Cincinnati Reds. That's going to be awesome." "Had I won the starting spot from the fans, I would have been very happy about that," Votto said. "To be voted by your peers, in my opinion, is what I play for." Besides adding his trio of starting pitchers, Bochy also added Bell, Clippard, Castro, Sanchez, Beltran and Arizona outfielder Justin Upton. Other Final Vote nominees besides Kennedy are Colorado first baseman Todd Helton, Los Angeles right fielder Andre Ethier, Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino and Nationals outfielder Mike Morse. Fans, having already decided the starters, this week will have the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team. Balloting began immediately following Sunday's Major League All-Star Selection Show presented by Taco Bell and continues until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 7. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter. Mobile voting in the U.S. is exclusive to Sprint, Nextel and Boost subscribers. To receive the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 1122. To vote for a specific player, simply text message your choice to 1122. Example: Text "A3" to vote for AL Player 3 or "N3" to vote for NL Player 3. Message and Data Rates may Apply. Mobile voting in Canada is open to all carriers; fans should text their choices to 88555. Standard rates may apply. On July 12, fans once again will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevy via the 2011 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint on MLB.com during the All-Star Game.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.