Originally, we wrote that A's third baseman Matt Chapman would be the lone representative for Oakland at the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
I'm happy to say that is not true anymore.
Reliever Liam Hendriks has been selected to his first All-Star team MLB announced on Friday:
Shane Bieber and Liam Hendriks have been named to the AL All-Star squad to replace Mike Minor and Charlie Morton. pic.twitter.com/lXkhG7n0g5
— MLB (@MLB) July 5, 2019
Hendriks will be a replacement for Tampa Bay's Charlie Morton, who is scheduled to pitch Sunday, but his recent numbers speak for themselves.
The 30-year-old is 3-0 with saves and a 1.29 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 40 games. As a reliever, Hendriks has a league-leading 0.96 ERA among relievers with 58 strikeouts and has held opposing batters to a .193 average.
Hendriks is also coming off of an AL Reliever of the Month honor for June when he went 1-0 with two saves and a 0.60 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 14 relief appearances.
Oh, and then there is this:
Hell of a last year or so for Liam Hendriks.
6/25/18: DFA (for Edwin Jackson!)
7/2/18: Sent to AAA
10/3/18: Starts AL WC game!
7/5/19: Named AL All-Star!!
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) July 5, 2019
When Chapman was selected, he told the media he wished some of his teammates were joining him in the All-Star festivities -- he got his wish.
Congrats to Hendriks on his selection.
The 90th Midsummer Classic will be held on Tuesday, July 9 on FOX Sports at Progressive Field.