Yadi, Wacha, Rosenthal added to ASG squad
CHICAGO -- Trevor Rosenthal and Michael Wacha will be joining batterymate Yadier Molina in Cincinnati next week after all three were named to the National League All-Star roster on Monday. Wacha and Rosenthal are first-time All-Stars, and Molina is an All-Star for a seventh consecutive season.
Shortstop Jhonny Peralta and outfielder Matt Holliday were announced as fan-elected All-Star starters on Sunday. That gives the Cardinals five representatives, and they could add another, too, as Carlos Martinez has been named one of five National League candidates for the Esurance All-Star Game Final Vote.
Joining Martinez as Final Vote candidates are Clayton Kershaw, Jeurys Familia, Johnny Cueto and Troy Tulowitzki.
"To be able to have Yadi be able to continue to be acknowledged like he has been and for Rosey, he's just had a phenomenal season," manager Mike Matheny said. "I had a hard time imagining he wouldn't be on that team one way or another. Michael has had a great year, and you can't really leave Carlos out of that conversation, because they've both thrown extremely well. It's nice that he's included with at least an opportunity for our fan base to get behind it and give a good push for a young kid that's having a really good start."
Rosenthal was selected through the players' ballot and received more votes than any other NL reliever. Wacha was picked by NL manager Bruce Bochy. Molina, who finished second behind Buster Posey in the fan vote, was chosen via the player vote.
Rosenthal, who has been scored upon in just three of 37 appearances this season, was a given to make the team. He leads NL relievers with a 0.70 ERA, has converted 16 straight save opportunities and ranks third in the NL with 24 saves in 25 chances. He recently strung together 23 2/3 scoreless innings, the longest such streak by an NL reliever this season.
"It means a lot to have that recognition, and especially from guys who play the game every day, see what it's about and see me play and appreciate the performance that I've had," Rosenthal said. "It means a lot to me. To be a representative of this team and the pitching staff we have, there are probably a few guys in our rotation and bullpen who could be joining us, but to get the representation with what we've done this year is definitely special."
Wacha became the second NL pitcher to 10 wins, getting to that mark in just 15 starts. After missing half the 2014 season with a stress reaction in his right shoulder, Wacha ranks eighth among starters with a 2.66 ERA and has made 11 quality start through the first half of the season.
"To be injured last year for most of the season, this is definitely one of the minor goals coming into Spring Training to be a part of this game," Wacha said. "This one came true. ... To be mentioned in a group of guys like all the other All-Stars, I'm just very excited and humbled. Words just can't describe it, really."
In addition to serving as the rudder for a pitching staff that has been the Majors' best thus far, Molina leads all catchers with 24 multihit games and 78 hits. The seven-time Gold Glove Award winner has a 2.48 catcher's ERA (the lowest in baseball) and has caught more innings (642) than any other backstop.
"It feels great," Molina said. "It's a great honor to be part of that team. It never gets old. This is my seventh time, but I feel [honored] that the players put me in."
Voting is open now at MLB.com to select the final player for each League's 34-man roster via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each League until 3 p.m. CT on Friday.
During the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 14, fans can once again visit MLB.com to submit their choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. Voting exclusively at MLB.com, online and via their mobile devices in the 2015 All-Star Game MVP Vote presented by Chevrolet, the fans' collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
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