The fans have righted a wrong and Chris Sale has been named to the American League All-Star team after winning the AL final vote on Thursday.
The Chicago White Sox lefty was easily one of the biggest omissions from the roster when the teams were announced on Sunday evening as Sale sports an 8-1 record with a 2.08 ERA and leads all of baseball with a .84 WHIP.
Sale held a slim lead over Rick Porcello of the Detroit Tigers, Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros, Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians and Garrett Richards of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim heading into the final day of voting on Thursday, but as it has been in the past, White Sox fans voted early and often to secure the win for Sale.
The White Sox now have four winners of the final vote now as Sale joins, Scott Podsednik in 2005, A.J. Pierzynski in 2006 and Paul Konerko in 2011. Sale joins rookie first baseman Jose Abreu and shortstop Alexei Ramirez as White Sox who have been selected for the All-Star Game next Tuesday from Minneapolis’ Target Field.
Sale should have been on the team when the initial rosters were announced on Sunday and would have been an ideal candidate to replace Yankees’ injured starter, Masahiro Tanaka, so justice has been served and one of the best starters in all of baseball will represent his team at the Midsummer Classic.
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo won the final vote in the National League as Chicago baseball fans flexed their muscle.