It’s been a rough season for the Detroit Tigers, but closer Shane Greene has officially been selected to represent the team at the 2019 MLB All-Star Game.
The full rosters for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game have been announced and Shane Greene will be heading to Cleveland to represent the Detroit Tigers next week. Despite it being a difficult season for the Tigers, Greene has undoubtedly been a bright spot with several dominant performances coming out of the bullpen.
At age 30, this marks Greene’s first career All-Star selection and is the only Detroit Tigers player receiving such honors this year. The righty’s 22 saves for the Tigers this season places him at fourth in all of Major League Baseball and tied for most in the American League with Cleveland’s Brad Hand, who also received an All-Star selection.
Of course, the storyline surrounding Greene for much of this season is not his All-Star hopes but rather the trade rumors and speculation of where he might finish the year. As one of the game’s best closers, it’s no secret that Greene will be one of the most sought after arms leading up to the July 31st trade deadline.
Along with Detroit starter Matthew Boyd, who fell short of receiving an All-Star spot, Greene has been the subject of trade rumors for months now. Potential contenders such as Atlanta, Philadelphia, and others looking to make a postseason push after the trade deadline have already been linked to possible interest in Greene, but for now, the closer will (hopefully) still be wearing the Old English D during All-Star week in Cleveland.
Along with Greene and Hand, Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will also be in the bullpen for the American League All-Stars. The 2019 MLB All-Star Game is next Tuesday, July 9th, at Progressive Field in Cleveland.