The Giants will be sending two representatives to the All-Star Game in Minnesota next Tuesday, July 15. Pitcher Madison Bumgarner and outfielder Hunter Pence were named to the National League team yesterday, and they’ll make the trip to Minnesota next week to represent the team at this year’s Midsummer Classic, which will be held at Target Field in Minneapolis. Pence was named to the team as a reserve, while Bumgarner could theoretically be named as the National League starter, though that honor will almost certainly go to the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw.
For Bumgarner, this will mark his second straight selection to the All-Star team. He was named to the team in 2013 as well, although he did not pitch in the actual game. Bumgarner earns the honor on the strength of a 9-6 record, to go along with a 3.09 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 113.2 innings. He’s walked just 29 batters in 18 starts. Bumgarner also earned the pitcher of the month award for the month of May.
Pence will be headed to the All-Star Game for the third time, and his first time since 2011 as a member of the Houston Astros. Pence has been enjoying a fine season in San Francisco, hitting .301/.360/.472 with eleven home runs and seven stolen bases. He currently ranks second in the NL in both hits and runs scored, and is sixth in total bases. His lovably awkward mannerisms and scooter trips to the ballpark have made him a fan favorite by the Bay, so it should be a thrill for Giants fans to see Pence honored as an All-Star.
The Giants receiving somewhat curious All-Star snubs were Buster Posey and Tim Hudson. Posey is hitting a solid .286/.342/.435 and he has become one of the game’s most recognizable and marketable stars. He ranks fifth among NL catchers in batting average and fourth in RBIs, but he lost out on a reserve spot to Devin Mesoraco and Jonathan Lucroy.
Hudson, meanwhile, was passed over despite having a wonderful first half in his own right. In his first season with the Giants, Hudson is 7-5 and ranks sixth in the NL in ERA at 2.53. He also leads the league in fewest walks allowed per nine innings, but he was left off the All-Star team in favor of some highly questionable middle reliever picks.
Also missing the cut after some speculation that he’d be selected was Mike Morse. Morse seemed well on his way to securing his first All-Star selection after hitting eleven home runs in the season’s first two months. However, a month-long slump in June took some of the shine off his season and he ended up as an afterthought.