Probably the biggest snub from the initial National League All-Star team was St. Louis Cardinals' closer Edward Mujica. However, with Adam Wainwright pitching two days before the All-Star Game, he decided to decline the invitation to participate. In doing so, he lobbied for Mujica to be named as his replacement (See Article).
Wainwright's praise carries a lot of weight as he is the ace and vocal leader of the Cardinals who currently hold the best record in MLB. It means even more when the fact that he has had public displays of being upset at being taken out of games in the late innings to be replaced for a fresh reliever. The fact that Wainwright trusts and praises Mujica in his ability to secure wins for the team speaks volumes.
Mujica is a veteran reliever who has never been a full-time closer before this season. Once named to the closer role, replacing Mitchell Boggs, Mujica ran with the new role and started with a perfect 21 for 21 in save opportunities before finally blowing his first save. Since that time he has been perfect in opportunities as well and has even earned two wins in late inning victories by the Cardinals.
Mujica becomes the sixth Cardinal named to 2013's National League All-Star team, and does so at the decision of manager Bruce Bochy. He joins Adam Wainwright, Allen Craig, Matt Carpenter, along with starters Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran.
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