Chris Sale was named to the American League All-Star squad for a fifth straight year on Tuesday night.
The White Sox pitcher was named his team’s only representative to the exhibition game, which is set for July 12 in San Diego.
Sale is 14-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 17 starts this season. He leads the American League with 120 innings pitched, three complete games and a 0.983 WHIP.
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The left-hander made his first All-Star team appearance in 2012 when he went on to win a career-high 17 games for the White Sox. He has finished in the top six in voting for the AL Cy Young award in each of the previous four seasons.
“That’s extremely hard,” manager Robin Ventura said of Sale’s five consecutive All-Star seasons. “Everybody seems to have the one year off where you’re not quite as sharp or you’re not as good. But I think even after all the questions (about) his durability, I think that goes along with it, just how much he’s improved not only pitching-wise, but physically, just to be able to withstand that.”
While no other White Sox earned a nod, the team could have a representative in the Home Run Derby in third baseman Todd Frazier, who has blasted 23 homers this season. The 2015 Derby champion, Frazier has made no secret about his desire to defend his title over the weekend. Asked if he’d heard about participating in Monday’s home-run hitting contest, Frazier said he had, but couldn’t comment.
It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.
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Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.