Jun 26, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland (56) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning of the game against the Atlanta Braves at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royal Closer Greg Holland Named To All-Star Squad


The most deserving Kansas City Royal of them all finally was named to the 2013 American League All-Star Team on Sunday afternoon. Spots opened up when three pitchers previously named to the team started today, and are therefore ineligible to pitch during the All-Star Game on Tuesday. With Justin Verlander, Bartolo Colon, and Hisashi Iwakuma all starting Sunday, replacements were needed.

Chris Tillman (Baltimore) and Grant Balfour (Oakland) will join Holland as replacements.

In the National League, Sergio Romo (San Francisco) and Mark Melancon (Pittsburg) also were named today as replacements for Jeff Locke and Jordan Zimmerman. It appears as if Freddie Freeman, who was voted onto the team during the final fan vote, may need replaced as well, due to a thumb injury suffered this weekend.

Holland joins Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez, who were both named last weekend. This is the first time since 1988 that three Kansas City Royals made the All-Star team. That summer, George Brett, Mark Gubicza, and shortstop Kurt Stillwell represented the Royals.

KC Kingdom has believed right from the get-go that Greg Holland deserved a spot on the All-Star team. He has been dominant and consistent all season, and been a shutdown closer. His Strikeouts Per 9 Inning Ratio of 15.4 is the best in the majors.

It is so exciting to have three Royals in the All-Star game, it takes the edge off the disappointment of Kansas City dropping their last 5 games going into the break (not completely, but a little). Most likely, not all three will get to play, but getting to seem them introduced is going to be great.

Congratulations to Greg Holland and the Kansas City Royals.

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