Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/6/13
Mlb-astros-pirates
Pedro Alvarez Arguably, the best team in baseball should have more representatives in the MLB All-Star game than any other team, but their were numerous Pittsburgh Pirates who were deserving of the honor.  On Saturday, Major League Baseball announced that Pedro Alvarez, Andrew McCutchen, Jeff Locke, and Jason Grilli would all be participating in this years All-Star game on Tuesday, July 16th at Citi Field. The four Pittsburgh Pirates selected to participate in the game were the most since 1981. It is easy to see why Alvarez, McCutchen, Locke, and Grilli were selected, each one is having a phenomenal season. However, the Pirates could argue that Starling Marte, Russell Martin, Mark Melancon, and Fransisco Liriano were all deserving as well.  Each of the eight players have played key roles into the teams success this season, but not everyone was able to be selected. Jeff Locke was the only managerial choice selected, getting the Giants and NL skipper Bruce Bochy’s nod. “I was totally surprised,” Locke said. “And felt honored. It’s something they can’t take away from you. I’m excited to meet a lot of the other [NL] guys and to represent this club, which is the most important thing for me.” Jeff Locke is having a fantastic season for the Pirates; he is 8-1 on the season with a 2.12 ERA. Currently, he is on an eight game winning streak  and hasn’t suffered a loss since April. Locke has truly been the driving force for the Pirates’ rotation. Andrew McCutchen was selected by fellow MLB players. With the the amazing season in 2012 and the start to this season, he has earned much-deserved respect from his peers. McCutchen is not having the same lights-out year as last season, but he is still doing amazing things. He is batting .301 with 9 home runs, 45 RBIs, and 18 stolen bases. This will mark McCutchen’s third All-Star appearance in his young career. Alvarez got his first ever nod thanks to his peers. Despite a slow start, Alvarez’s recent power surge helped earn him the appearance. Coming in to Saturday, Alvarez was third in the league in home runs. Alvarez’s homer against the Cubs on Saturday gave him 22 home runs on the season, 18 of which have came since May.  He is batting .243 with 57 RBIs. Then the final selection was  Jason Grilli, who was also selected by his peers. He is making his first All-Star appearance. Grilli has found success in the later years of his career with Pittsburgh. The 36-year-old reliever was left off last years roster, but the his brilliant closing job could not be overlooked this year. Grilli has 28 saves in 29 opportunities and has an ERA of 2.15.    

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Predators fans throw catfish on ice to celebrate Stanley Cup berth

WATCH: Draymond Green tries just a little to hard to sell foul

Eddie George fires up Predators fans before Game 4 vs Ducks

Viktor Arvidsson had bloody ‘R’ on forehead after hit

Danny Ainge’s son running for congressional seat in Utah

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

John Wall’s retweet saves fan from taking final exam

WATCH: Cubs pull off two miraculous defensive plays in a row

To raise money for charity, a wrestling fan has Cody Rhodes slam him on thumbtacks

Gregg Popovich on Steve Kerr’s health issues: ‘It’s just a crap situation’

CJ McCollum clearly interested in having Paul Millsap join Blazers

Injuries are depriving us from watching the Spurs thrive in the clutch

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Three Up, Three Down: Astros dominate in every category

Box Score 5/19: Heartbreak in OT

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker