You wouldnâ€™t know it for the way they played over the weekend, but New York Yankeesâ€™ pitchers Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman were selected as members of the American League roster for the All-Star game, which will be played at Coors Field, in Denver, on July 13.
But the season is longer than a weekend, and both Yankees hurlers have merits to be part of the Midsummer Classic. Their selections were announced on Sunday during the 2021 Google MLB All-Star Selection Show on ESPN.
The non-starters were chosen through a combination of fan voting and the Commissionerâ€™s Office.
“It’s a tremendous honor,” Cole said. “Iâ€™m always humbled because it’s a player vote relative to the pitchers. That holds a special place for me and hopefully, we can get back to pitching to that type of level here soon.â€
The Yankees are sending two hurlers to Colorado
The Yankeesâ€™ ace, who had his shortest start of the season on Sunday (he allowed four runs in 3.1 innings, with three walks and six strikeouts) receives his fourth All-Star selection, as he played in 2015, 2018, and 2019. Â
This year, he is 8-4 with a 2.91 ERA in 17 starts, conceding 81 hits and 20 walks but striking out 135 hitters in 105 innings.
Chapman, meanwhile, is the Yankeesâ€™ closer, but is in the middle of a rough stretch that has inflated his ERA to 4.71.
This will be his seventh Midsummer Classic and the third with the Yankees.
â€œItâ€™s one of those achievements that definitely go under the resume of your playing career,â€ Chapman said through an interpreter. â€œItâ€™s one of those opportunities that I think every player wants the chance to be a part of at least once. To be selected means a lot.â€
He was unscored upon in April, but the wheels fell off in June and July.
â€œThe way I started the season and the performance those months gave me an idea that it could have been a possibility,â€ Chapman said. â€œItâ€™s surprising and nice, given that the past couple of weeks have been tough for me. Itâ€™s great to hear it.â€
Both pitchers join Aaron Judge, who will be a starter and is slashing .284/.381/.529 with 19 home runs and 43 RBIs in 76 games.