Giants' Madison Bumgarner tabbed an NL All-Star
Already a two-time World Series winner, Madison Bumgarner is adding the title of All-Star to his baseball resumé.
The 23-year-old southpaw, who was born in Hickory, was selected by manager Bruce Bochy as a member of the National League All-Star team.
The selections were announced on Saturday.
"It's a huge honor," Bumgarner said of his All-Star selection. "I'm very thankful to Boch for doing that. It's must appreciated. I'm definitely excited and blessed to be a part of it."
Bumgarner is 9-5 in 18 starts this season with a 3.05 ERA, striking out 116 opposing batters and only walked 33.
Bumgarner has also won five of his last six starts on the mound this season.
Bochy notified Bumgarner of his All-Star appearance before his scheduled start on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"He's earned this," Bochy said of Bumgarner. "He is very deserving. His ERA could be so much lower … You look at how consistent he has been. It's been impressive. This is something I know he was so excited about. I know he really wanted go bad. I wasn't going to New York without him. I may take a hit on that, which I shouldn't because he's earned this, but he's definitely one guy that is going on this club."
Bumgarner is one of seven left-handed pitchers on the National League rosters, including Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw, Philadelphia's Cliff Lee, Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman, Pittsburgh's Jeff Locke, Arizona's Patrick Corbin and Chicago's Travis Wood.
It's unknown which of the 13 pitchers will start next Tuesday's All-Star game, but odds could favor New York's Matt Harvey since the game is being held at Citi Field — home of the Mets.
Three Giants, including Bumgarner, are on the National League squad, including catcher Buster Posey and second baseman Marco Scutaro. Posey, who led the National League in votes, will start the game.
In the American League, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis led all players in voting, while the Detroit Tigers had the most players voted into the game with six.