Six Blue Jays make the AL All-Star Roster
The Toronto Blue Jays sent six representatives to the MLB All-Star game, with catcher Alejandro Kirk and 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. both making the starting roster. Alek Manoah and George Springer were also voted to the All-Star roster in the rotation and on the bench while Santiago Espinal and Jordan Romano both made the team as replacement players. Springer chose not to attend the festivities in order to recover from a nagging elbow injury.
Both Guerrero and Kirk went 0-2 on the day while Manoah came in to replace starting pitcher, Shane McClanahan, with the right-hander being able to throw to his normal catcher. The Jays pitcher was talking with the broadcast booth during the entire outing and struck out William Contreras and Joc Pederson before hitting Jeff McNeil on a slider that John Smoltz suggested he throw. He then struck out Ronald Acuna Jr. to end the inning and ran off the mound yelling, “three punchies“.
While Romano did not see any game action, Espinal came on in the fourth to replace Andres Gimenez at second base and got one at-bat later in the seventh, grounding out to shortstop with Brewers reliever Devin Williams on the mound.