After racking up 14 wins in his first 17 starts, Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale is headed to the 2016 MLB All-Star Game.
Sale is the only White Sox player to be named to the MLB All-Star Game and will make his fifth-straight appearance. The lefty has been dominant again with a 14-2 record and a 2.93 ERA.
He’s also struck 118 batters, putting him on pace to go over 200 for the fourth-straight season.
Congrats to Chris Sale on being named to the 2016 All-Star Game! pic.twitter.com/mMAvplXnHP
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 5, 2016
Sale is also a strong candidate to start the game for the American League team, as the decision is up to Royals manager Ned Yost.
He will pitch Friday against the Atlanta Braves and could be available to start the game. His manager, Robin Ventura said he wants Sale to get the nod for the AL:
“I would like to see him do whatever he wants to do. He’s earned the right to do it,” Ventura said. “Whether they ask him to [start] and he does it is another thing.
“It’s always an honor to play in the All-Star Game and to be the guy who is asked to start is special. It doesn’t come around very often for a lot of guys and to do it is a feather in your cap, something you have — there’s only two guys who get to start in it that year.”
The 2016 MLB All-Star Game will be played in San Diego and will be broadcasted live on FOX Tuesday, July 12th.