Athletics

A's relievers Hendriks, Diekman named All-MLB finalists

Athletics

Liam Hendriks and Jake Diekman were two of the best relievers in baseball last season, and the stars of the A's bullpen have been recognized for their dominance. 

Both Hendriks and Diekman were named as six finalists for the 2020 All-MLB Team. The A's are the only team that had more than one reliever represented. 

First and Second-Teams will be announced Wednesday at 4 p.m. PT. Voting was conducted by fans and a "panel of experts."

Hendriks finished second in the majors with 14 saves this year. He also had a 1.78 ERA and finished nine in AL Cy Young voting. Hendriks also was named the 2020 Mariano Rivera AL Reliever of the Year.

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Diekman quietly had a dominant season for the A's. The 33-year-old lefty went 2-0 with a 0.42 ERA. He struck out 31 batters is 21 1/3 innings and only gave up one earned run all season. Diekman only allowed eight hits all year. 

Hendriks is a free agent this offseason, but Diekman is signed through the 2021 season. A's fans can only hope Hendriks joins Diekman in Oakland's bullpen next year as well.

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