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Valverde, Wilson to close for All-Star teams

Posted on: July 11, 2011 1:14 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 12:30 pm
 


By C. Trent Rosecrans

PHOENIX -- Not only did the All-Star managers announce their starters on Monday, both Bruce Bochy and Ron Washington announced their closers for Tuesday's game -- if they get that opportunity.

It's no surprise Bochy is going with his Giants closer, Brian Wilson, while Washington said he'll go to the Tigers' Jose Valverde if he has a lead in the game's last inning.

Valverde is making his third All-Star appearance, which is why Washington chose him as his closer over first-timers Jordan Walden of the Angels, Chris Perez of the Indians and the Mariners' Brandon League. This of course is an issue because the Yankees' Mariano Rivera is inactive for Tuesday's game.

"I wanted to have a veteran that may be able to handle whatever pressures are there and that's why I  chose Valverde," Washington said. "I want to win bad, I want to make sure I had someone who can stand whatever heat is applied."

Valverde leads the American League with 24 saves and has a 2.70 ERA, striking out 39 batters in 40 innings. 

For Bochy, the decision was a bit easier -- Wilson's the guy he trusted to close out the World Series, so he's going to close out the All-Star Game if he's in position to close out a National League victory.

Wilson is in his third All-Star Game and gets the nod over the Padres' Heath Bell and the Braves' Craig Kimbrel.  Bochy did note that he'll have to talk Wilson on Tuesday because his right-hander has pitched four of the last five days, picking up saves on Thursday and Sunday, taking the loss on Friday.

"That was part of my reasoning for picking Kimbrel over [Braves starter Tommy] Hanson," Bochy said. "I wanted another reliever to help out late in the game."

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:55 pm
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Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Valverde, Wilson to close for All-Star teams

Totally agree - while I understand Valverde being chosen to close, Hanrahan should be mentioned next, ahead of the others (Bell included).



Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:25 am
 

Valverde, Wilson to close for All-Star teams

No surprise Bochy chooses his own guy to be the closer.  3 of his 5 Giants don't even desserve to play in the game.  Wilson should be there, but how about Heath Bell to close the game.  Pablo Sandoval missed a month and a half and still makes the team.  This is just more evidence why the manager of the team shouldn't pick the players.  At least the AL shoud beat the SF National league.



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:21 am
 

Valverde, Wilson to close for All-Star teams

Ironically, I saw both in Detroit on July 1, and they both sucked. Watching Valverde's splitter make grown men look childish in person, when it is working, was priceless. I have no beef with "The Beard", the dude actually makes me laugh, which takes a lot for this old cynic.



Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: July 11, 2011 11:19 pm
 

Valverde, Wilson to close for All-Star teams

Hanrahan is not as good as Valverde!



Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: July 11, 2011 11:17 pm
 

Valverde, Wilson to close for All-Star teams

Wilson is a jerk who can not handle it when the other team has hits off him.  He needs to shave.  I believe he is a flash in the pan, will be out of baseball in a couple of years, just a jerk!  Luv to see him blow it in the allstar game!



Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: July 11, 2011 11:15 pm
 

Valverde, Wilson to close for All-Star teams

Being a tiger fan I can tell you Valverde is a very good closer.  I hope he gets in in a save situation.  I am sick and tired of Rivera, hopefully, he will retire soon, go TIGERS!



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Valverde, Wilson to close for All-Star teams

Congrats to another Tiger being added on to the AL All-Star team. Man it's good to be a Tigers fanCoolLaughing!!!



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Valverde, Wilson to close for All-Star teams

The fact that Hanrahan isn't even mentioned in this article is laughable...



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 11, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Valverde, Wilson to close for All-Star teams

Brian Wilson is in his third All-Star Game and gets the nod over the '  and the ' .  Bochy did note that he'll have to talk Wilson on Tuesday because his right-hander has pitched four of the last five days, picking up saves on Thursday and Sunday, taking the loss on Friday.
Anyone want to bet that 2010 NL Rolaids Relief Winner Heath Bell closes?  It's an "exhibition" and Bochy knows it.  Bruce has had Division Rivals use his pitchers in the All Star Game before and doing so is excellent gamesmanship.  Tire them, learn about them, win the Division.


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