MLB: Former Twin Neshek a surprise All-Star
ST. LOUIS — In the offseason, the New York Mets told Pat Neshek he didn’t throw hard enough to warrant an invitation to spring training.
Think they might want to take a mulligan about now?
Neshek went from accepting St. Louis’ non-roster invitation to spring training to the first All-Star Game berth of his career Sunday when Cardinals manager Mike Matheny selected him to the National League roster.
It is the highlight of the 33-year old veteran’s career, and one Neshek richly deserves. All Neshek has done since scraping his way onto the Opening Day roster is go from mop-up man to eighth-inning specialist, pitching to an 0.77 ERA in 40 appearances and allowing just 22 baserunners (16 hits, four walks, two hit batters) in 35 innings.Making it sweeter for Neshek is that the All-Star Game is being played in Minneapolis, where he played from 2006-10 and also grew up.“I thought there was a chance, but it was kind of a surprise,” Neshek said after the Cardinals’ 8-4 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday. “Baseball doesn’t really make a spot for set-up guys. It’s kind of hard to bet on making it. It’s pretty awesome.”All-Star RostersGame Tuesday, July 15 at Target Field, Minneapolis(X-INACTIVE, R-REPLACEMENT, Y-STARTER)American LeagueSTARTERSCatcher — x-Matt Wieters, Orioles, y-Salvador Perez, RoyalsFirst Base — Miguel Cabrera, TigersSecond Base — Robinson Cano, MarinersThird Base — Josh Donaldson, AthleticsShortstop — Derek Jeter, YankeesOutfield — Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, Mike Trout, Angels, Adam Jones, OriolesDesignated Hitter — Nelson Cruz, OriolesRESERVESPitchersDellin Betances, RHP, YankeesMark Buehrle, LHP, Blue JaysYu Darvish, RHP, RangersSean Doolittle, LHP, AthleticsFelix Hernandez, RHP, MarinersGreg Holland, RHP, RoyalsScott Kazmir, LHP, AthleticsJon Lester, LHP, Red SoxGlen Perkins, LHP, TwinsDavid Price, LHP, RaysMax Scherzer, RHP, TigersMasahiro Tanaka, RHP, YankeesCatchersDerek Norris, Athleticsr-Kurt Suzuki, TwinsInfieldersJose Abreu, White SoxJose Altuve, AstrosAdrian Beltre, Rangersx-Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays, r-Kyle Seager, MarinersBrandon Moss, AthleticsAlexei Ramirez, White SoxOutfieldersMichael Brantley, IndiansYoenis Cespedes, AthleticsAlex Gordon, RoyalsDesignated HittersVictor Martinez, TigersMLB.Com Final Vote CandidatesLHP Dallas Keuchel, AstrosRHP Corey Kluber, IndiansRHP Garrett Richards, AngelsRHP Rick Porcello, TigersLHP Chris Sale, White SoxNational LeagueSTARTERSCatcher — Yadier Molina, CardinalsFirst Base — Paul Goldschmidt, DiamondbacksSecond Base — Chase Utley, PhilliesThird Base — Aramis Ramirez, BrewersShortstop — Troy Tulowitzki, RockiesOutfield — Andrew McCutchen, Pirates, Carlos Gomez, Brewers, Yasiel Puig, DodgersRESERVESPitchersMadison Bumgarner, LHP, GiantsAroldis Chapman, LHP, RedsJohnny Cueto, RHP, RedsZack Greinke, RHP, DodgersClayton Kershaw, LHP, DodgersCraig Kimbrel, RHP, BravesPat Neshek, RHP, CardinalsFrancisco Rodriguez, RHP, BrewersTyson Ross, RHP, Padresx-Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Cubs/A’s, r-Julio Teheran, RHP, BravesAdam Wainwright, RHP, CardinalsTony Watson, LHP, PiratesJordan Zimmermann, RHP, NationalsCatchersJonathan Lucroy, BrewersDevin Mesoraco, RedsInfieldersMatt Carpenter, CardinalsStarlin Castro, CubsTodd Frazier, RedsFreddie Freeman, BravesDee Gordon, DodgersDaniel Murphy, MetsOutfieldersCharlie Blackmon, RockiesJosh Harrison, PiratesHunter Pence, GiantsGiancarlo Stanton, MarlinsMLB.Com Final Vote Candidates3B Casey McGehee, Marlins1B Justin Morneau, Rockies3B Anthony Rendon, Nationals1B Anthony Rizzo, CubsOF Justin Upton, Braves