In a not too terribly surprising announcement, Royals closer Joakim Soria was named to the American League All-Star team. Soria was an All-Star in 2008 as well.
Currently, Soria is tied for the lead in saves with Neftali Feliz of the Rangers. Both have 22 saves, one behind Heath Bell of San Diego who leads the majors.
On the year, Soria has a 2.56 ERA and a 1.105 WHIP while striking out 10.8 batters per nine innings. I still think David DeJesus earned a spot on the All-Star team, but there are only so many outfield spots to go around, and the Royals were pretty unlikely to have more than one player selected to represent them.
In related news, former Royals catcher John Buck was named to the AL All-Star team as well. But Jason Kendall has him destroyed in total innings caught, so there.
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I'm a KU grad and longtime Royals fan who shudders at the names Ricky Bottalico, Kerry Robinson, and others too terrible to recount, while also longing for the days when Johnny Damon would do commercials with George Brett. I'm glad that there's a new crop of potential stars to hang my playoffs hopes on.