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Alfredo Simon’s Great First Half Finally Gets Him All-Star Game Nod

July 14th, 2014 at 10:35 AM
By Cody Dalga

It probably took a little longer than he had hoped but Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon learned on Sunday that he would represent the Reds and the National League in the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

"I'm really happy," Simon said. "I've never been in the All-Star Game and they've given me the opportunity this year and I deserve to be there. I was in the bullpen and I had surgery in 2009 and then came back and this year became a starter — and to make the All-Star Game is huge for me."

Simon's success might not have happened had the 33-year old not taken a spot in the rotation after Mat Latos was injured during Spring Training. He moved to the rotation and is now tied for the league lead with 12 wins. 
 
The selection of Simon came from a new rule created in the 2012 CBA between Major League Baseball and the players association. The "Sunday Pitcher Rule" states that a pitcher who starts on the Sunday before the All-Star Game may elect not to participate and, if he does, would be limited to just one inning and may set a pitch limit. One of those pitchers was Cincinnati's own Johnny Cueto, who pitched Sunday against the Pirates. 

"I couldn't be more excited, I don't think there's a more deserving guy," said Reds manager Bryan Price, who informed Simon of his selection Sunday in the Reds dugout during the 6-3 win. "Of those that were omitted, to have 12 wins at the break — I think he had 11 before everything was final with the voting and the roster construction there — he pitches a lot of innings, doesn't walk anybody, has a low WHIP, and is as deserving as anybody on that club to be there."

With his selection, the Cincinnati Reds will have five players representing the National League at the Mid-Summer Classic, which is the most since 1991 when the Reds sent Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo, Paul O'Neil, Tom Browning, and Rob Dibble. 

 

Tags: Alfredo Simon, Barry Larkin, Baseball, Bryan Price, Chris Sabo, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Johnny Cueto, MLB, Paul O'Neil, Rob Dibble, Tom Browning

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