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Heath Bell added to NL All-Stars as Yovani Gallardo's fill-in

Jul 7, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

Heath Bell had little chance of winning the MLB.com “Final Vote” contest for spot in the All-Star game, but now he’s been taken off the ballot and officially added to the NL roster as the injury replacement for Yovani Gallardo.
Bell made his first All-Star game last season while doing a marvelous job stepping in for Trevor Hoffman as the Padres’ closer and is certainly deserving of a return trip, as he leads the league in saves for the second straight season and has a 1.72 ERA in 36.2 innings.
His removal from the “Final Vote” ballot leaves Joey Votto, Billy Wagner, Ryan Zimmerman, and Carlos Gonzalez competing for the spot.

  1. JimmyY - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Bell deserves to be the Padres bullpen rep for the game. Latos needs the rest.

  2. Ditto65 - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    At first I thought this referred to the Yanni Gogalak of “The Whole Nine Yards” fame…

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