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Rivera replaced by Walden on all-star ballot

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 07, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Major League Baseball just sent this announcement.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim right-hander Jordan Walden has been named to replace Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees on the American League’s active roster for the 82nd All-Star Game, Major League Baseball announced today.

Because Rivera was a player-elected All-Star, his replacement was to be the next highest ranking relief pitcher who was not already an All-Star via the Player Ballot. Walden ranked fifth among relief pitchers on the A.L. Player Ballot with 67 votes.

Walden, a 23-year-old rookie, is 1-2 with a 2.95 ERA (36.2 IP, 12 ER) and 19 saves this season. The 6’5”, 235 lb. Walden has struck out 39 batters and has allowed only one home run this season.

Other announcements regarding the All-Star rosters will be made as they become available.




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