LONDON — Yankees manager Aaron Boone had good news for closer Aroldis Chapman on Sunday morning, well before they sealed a sweep of the Red Sox in MLB’s inaugural London Series.
Chapman had been named to his sixth All-Star Game.
“Very happy,” Chapman said via team translator Marlon Abreu. “Very excited about it. I think we’ve had a really good year so far. Focusing on helping the team any way possible. That’s what we want. So I’m excited about that.”
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The game will take place July at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
It’s Chapman’s second straight selection.
He’ll join teammates Gary Sanchez, a catcher, and D.J. LeMahieu, a second baseman, on the team. Fans voted online to make Sanchez and LeMahieu starters.
Chapman was picked via either the players vote or by the MLB commissioner s office.
He s had an outstanding season.
The -year-old lefty has saved games, posting a . ERA and a – record. He s struck out batters in innings despite dealing with somewhat diminished velocity. While he s still touching mph, his days of regularly hitting mph or mph may be behind him.
“I like watching the derby, I like to pitch in the All-Star Game.” Chapman said. “I like having the opportunity to talk to all the guys and spend time with all those other All-Stars.”
Chapman thought he might have more All-Star teammates.
First baseman Luke Voit, shortstop Gleyber Torres and reliever Adam Ottavino each could be considered snubs for the Yankees, who have MLB’s best record at -. They’re seven games ahead of the second-place Rays in the American League East.
“A little surprising because, to me, I thought we were going to have around six or seven All-Stars from this team,” Chapman said.
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