Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt and starting pitcher Sonny Gray were named reserves to the 2015 American League All-Star team. It is the first time either player has been selected to an All-Star team. Both players will selected via the player ballot. The All-Star Game will be played at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 14 at 4:00 PM Pacific Time, televised on FOX.
If Stephen Vogt joins Gray, the A's will send their Opening Day battery to the ASG for the first time since 1989 (Stewart/Steinbach).— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) July 6, 2015
Vogt, 30, has been showing up on a number of American League leaderboards. He is 9th in on base percentage (.390) and sixth in runs batted in (53). He joins the elected starter, Royals catcher Salvador Perez, and additional reserve Russell Martin of the Toronto Blue Jays.
So honored and excited to be named an MLB all star. This is a day I could have never dreamed of. Thanks to all who have believed in me!— Stephen Vogt (@SVogt1229) July 6, 2015
Sonny Gray, who was recently hospitalized with salmonella-related gastroenteritis, is expected to rejoin the rotation for Tuesday's game against the New York Yankees and pitch the last game before the All-Star break on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians, meaning he would only participate in the festivities and be ineligible to participate in the game.
@susanslusser so he will still participate in the HR Derby? can u confirm?— Sean Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) July 6, 2015
A replacement player would be named. He joins starting pitchers Chris Archer, Felix Hernandez, Dallas Keuchel, David Price, and Chris Sale.
Extremely thankful for being selected to this years ASG. This is one of those feelings you dream about. Thank everyone for the support!— Sonny Gray (@SonnyGray2) July 6, 2015
The full 2015 American League All-Star Roster: pic.twitter.com/WC6XL1LFuc— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) July 7, 2015
The full 2015 National League All-Star Roster: pic.twitter.com/BY9sNI4IvM— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) July 7, 2015