(BaseballStL) — The Cardinals will send four players to the All Star game Tuesday, and one for the first time in his career.
“It hit a different level of volume when I announced Pat,” Mike Matheny said of the team’s reaction to Pat Neshek’s selection. "His response was priceless. He was astonished, I think.”
Joining him in his home state of Minnesota will be pitcher Adam Wainwright, catcher Yadier Molina and third baseman Matt Carpenter.
For Wainwright it was his third time in the Midsummer Classic. He was voted in by the players, something he said was a tremendous honor.
“This is my third nomination. Each time has been different, each time has been cool,” he said. “All the same, even if you feel like you’re probably going to be on the team it’s always great to hear that you made it. Especially when the players vote you in, that means a lot.”
Though the National League starter won’t be named until a day before the game, Wainwright said getting the nod would be a career high.
“That’s something every starter dreams to do,” he said. His NL-best 1.89 ERA and 11 wins are coupled with two complete game shutouts.
Were he to start, he would be paired with his battery mate Molina. The Cardinal catcher made his sixth straight All Star Game when he was voted in by the fans, and will get the start behind the plate.
Carpenter, along with Neshek, was a selection made by Matheny.
The St. Louis leadoff man is back for the second time in two years, and though he’s having a down year compared to 2013, still remains among the league’s best in runs scored.
Matheny also said Carpenter’s defensive versatility played a role in his selection, as he can man multiple infield spots as well as handle outfield duties if need be.
Neshek’s selection was the most emotional, as he began the year as a non-roster invitee, seemingly at the end of his career. Since making the club, he’s posted a 0.57 WHIP as the setup man. He’s surrendered just three runs all year, the most recent being June 3.
It is the third year in a row the Cardinals have sent at least four players to the All Star game. The game will air Tuesday, July 15 on Fox at 7 PM from Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.