Perez set to start All-Star Game, Gordon and Holland also named to roster
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A trio of Royals will represent the club on the American League roster at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis. Catcher Salvador Perez will start behind the plate with outfielder Alex Gordon and closer Greg Holland available as reserves, voted onto the team by fellow players. All will be making their second-consecutive appearances at the Midsummer Classic.
Perez starts despite not receiving the most fan votes for catchers. Baltimore Oriole Matt Wieters won the fan vote, but suffered an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery and ended his season. Perez is having a solid 2014 with the bat, hitting .289 with 10 home runs, which nearly eclipses his career-high of 13. He’s the first Royals position player to start the All-Star Game since Jermaine Dye did in 2000.
Holland continues to be one the game’s premiere closers, and with 23 saves, only trails Seattle’s Fernando Rodney who leads the AL with 25. Between May 5 and June 20 Holland made 17 appearances without allowing a run, contributing to his miniscule 1.93 ERA.
Gordon is the first Kansas City outfielder since Willie Wilson to make consecutive All-Star Games. While he has struggled to hit for average, only hitting .263 so far this year, he’ still been productive at the plate with 23 doubles, nine home runs and 42 runs batted in. His six outfield assists rank seventh in the American League for 2014.
The Royals say this is the first time since the 1987-88 seasons that the team has had three players named to the All-Star Game roster in consecutive seasons. In 1987, pitcher Bret Saberhagen started for the American League with George Brett and Kevin Seitzer also named to the team. In 1988 the Royals were represented by Brett, shortstop Kurt Stillwell and pitcher Mark Gubicza.
You can watch the 2014 All-Star Game on FOX 4 Tuesday, July 15. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.