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Fernando Rodney replaces David Price on the American League All-Star roster

Jul 12, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Mariners reliever Fernando Rodney will replace David Price on the American League All-Star team. Price was scratched from tonight’s start due to an illness, but hopes to pitch on Sunday, the final game before the All-Star break. If Price happens to start tomorrow, he would have had the option to pitch one inning maximum in the All-Star Game. He’s chosen to give up his spot.

Rosenthal notes that the selection of Rodney is curious, given that he was not one of the five finalists on the American League Final Vote, which was wrapped up on Thursday. Chris Sale won over Garrett Richards, Corey Kluber, Dallas Keuchel, and Rick Porcello. In particular, Rosenthal suggests Richards would have been a better selection.

A look at Price, Rodney, and Richards statistically:

  • Price: 3.42 ERA, 139 2/3 innings, 159/20 K/BB (leads the league in strikeouts)
  • Rodney: 1.98 ERA, 36 1/3 innings, 42/12 K/BB, 27 saves (leads league)
  • Richards: 2.55 ERA, 123 1/3 innings, 127/43 K/BB (leads the league with an .846 winning percentage)

  1. itsallbygrace - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    What a joke as Richards continues to get snubbed.

  2. moseskkim - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Do these guys hate richards or something? What does a brother gotta do to get picked as an all star. Hes been absolutely lights out and the angels are one of the top teams in the mlb. They were the laughingstock last year and he is the mvp of that team in my book. Yeah trout has been stellar and others have stepped up but the biggest question on that team was SP and he has been a legit ace)

  3. acdc84 - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Wait isn’t Rodney the arrogant self-righteous prick that proclaimed he wouldn’t join the team as an alternate just cuz he thought he shoulda been a starter? Sounds like quite the great guy/teammate…

    • roundballsquarebox24 - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:11 AM

      You’re thinking of Rafael Soriano, buddy.

  4. worldchampionseahawks - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Well deserved. Great closer on a GOOD ball club…..Go Ms!

  5. bronco58lb - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Starting pitchers do the heavy lifting. They are the real stars of pitching. Relievers deserve to be recognized too but I think 70% of the staff should be starters.

  6. mashoaf - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Why should starters get screwed on a start while competing at the allstar game, when you can get a reliever to do the same without missing time for his team.

  7. acdc84 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:16 AM

    @ roundballsquarebox24 – Touche!! Haha shows how current I am on MLB…

    As a Dodger fan in Southern California I’ve only been able to see seven or eight games games all year, so I admittedly don’t know much outside standings and stats.

    • roundballsquarebox24 - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      Well, next time I suggest that you refrain from calling somebody an “arrogant self-righteous prick” without even knowing what you’re talking about.

  8. harley5571 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Rick Porcello is tied for the MLB in wins..He has had an outstanding year..but gets no credit..Who is G.Richards anyways???

    • rythestunner - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      A guy who has one fewer win than Porcello, but a significantly better ERA and nearly twice as many Ks.

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