Pence, Bumgarner named to NL All-Star squad
Outfielder get third career nod; lefty headed to second consecutive game
SAN DIEGO -- Madison Bumgarner might not play in the All-Star Game. Hunter Pence doesn't care whether he appears in it.
The pair of Giants are members of the 2014 National League All-Star team, and that's rewarding enough for them. They'll join their fellow National Leaguers against the American League All-Stars on July 15 at Minnesota's Target Field.
"I'm tremendously grateful," said Pence, 31. "I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity."
Said Bumgarner, 24, "To have your name mentioned with the rest of the guys is very humbling and I'm thankful for the opportunity."
Pence is currently on an 11-game hitting streak, his third double-digit stretch of the season, that has lifted his batting average to .301. He ranks among NL leaders in runs, hits and multiple-hit games. Pence's streak of 310 consecutive games played became the longest in the Majors on Sunday, when Kansas City's Billy Butler received a break after appearing in 347 straight games.
Bumgarner ranks among league leaders in wins, strikeouts and innings. He was selected for last year's squad but didn't pitch. And he might not appear in this year's All-Star Game, either, since he's tentatively scheduled to start for the Giants against Arizona on July 13. Any starting pitcher chosen for the All-Star team who makes a start on the Sunday immediately preceding the All-Star Game can decide whether to participate in the All-Star Game. Typically, these pitchers decline to throw a single All-Star pitch to avoid risking injury.
"Any chance I get to help us out here obviously takes precedence over anything else," Bumgarner said.
The Giants' fondest hope is for Tim Hudson to replace Bumgarner on the "active" roster. Hudson, a three-time All-Star, was noncommital about the idea.
"Right now I'm planning on going fishing," Hudson said of his plans for the All-Star break.
HUNTER PENCE, RF
Prior ASGs: 2009, 2011
ASG W-L: 1-1
ASG Stats: 1-for-2, 1 run
How he made 2014 NL team: Player selection
Why He's an All-Star: His hustle and intense attitude are no act. They not only complement his statistics but also have made the Giants winners.
DYK?: Pence rides a scooter to AT&T Park. It was stolen earlier this season, but then quickly returned after San Francisco-area media reported Pence's dejection about the theft.
Quotable: "It's such a tremendous reward," Pence said. "I love the game so much. ... It's special. I wish I had better words to describe it."
MADISON BUMGARNER, LHP
Prior ASG: 2013
ASG W-L: 0-1
ASG Stats: None (did not play)
How he made 2014 NL team: Player selection
Why He's an All-Star: Consistency has been Bumgarner's hallmark. Also, he pitches with a controlled fury that subdues opponents.
DYK?: San Francisco's Opening Day starter this year, Bumgarner has matured into a legitimate team leader despite his youth.
Quotable: "He has emerged as one of the better left-handers in the game," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
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