Indians, Pirates each get 2 on All-Star team
Akron Beacon Journal
Chris Perez didn’t talk his way into being selected for the All-Star Game. Maybe more importantly, he didn’t talk his way out of being picked.
The Indians closer was chosen on merit. After blowing a save on Opening Day, he has succeeded in his next 23 opportunities.
“I don’t think that Perez is in the All-Star Game because of what he said,” manager Manny Acta. “He’s been pretty darn good.”
Perez is one of two Tribe players selected by a vote of the players for the July 10 Summer Classic at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The Pirates also had two selections: pitcher Joel Hanrahan and outfielder Andrew McCutchen.
Like Perez, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was picked for the second year in a row, compiling a .300 batting average with 11 home runs and 40 RBI.
“I feel very good for those two guys to be recognized,” Acta said. “That’s their second time in a row, and it’s a very good sign that they’re establishing themselves as All-Stars. You can make the All-Star Game once and never go back for the rest of your life.”
The Indians had two other legitimate candidates: setup man Vinnie Pestano and second baseman Jason Kipnis. But except for closers, relievers seldom make an All-Star roster, and Kipnis had three formidable players in front of him: Robinson Cano, Ian Kinsler and Dustin Pedroia.
“I’m a little sad that Jason was not chosen,” Acta said. “We told him that in our hearts he’s an All-Star. But there are so many great second baseman in the American League, it kind of hurt him.”
Perez was doubly honored because Sunday was his 27th birthday.