7/6 Samardzija’s reax to All-Star selection

Jeff Samardzija accepted the news about being named to the NL All-Star team but not being able to pitch because he was traded Friday to the Athletics in the American League.

“Random happening,” Samardzija told reporters in Oakland after picking up a win in his first start Sunday. “I don’t think it’s ever happened before, and I don’t think anyone knew I was going to be an All-Star before the trade. It just happened to be that way. I won’t get to pitch, which is a bummer, but that’s all right. I’ll just go through the ceremony and then jump over to the AL dugout with an NL jersey on and have fun with the six other guys we have over there.

“You care about putting a whole season together, but this means you got off to a good start, your first few months went well. Most importantly, it’s respect from your fellow players. That feels good. It means they’re noticing what you’re doing and they respect it, and that means a lot.”

Samardzija was selected to the NL team by the players’ votes.

– Carrie Muskat

4 Comments

Shark had just two wins all season for the Cubs. But the players saw far beyond that. The opposing players are well aware that Jeff received virtually zero run support all season, and probably should have accumulated double digit victories. Is why I want the players to pick All Star teams. Todd Frazier should be the starting third baseman, but the fans chose Aramis Ramirez, who`s not as deserving. It`s a popularity contest with the fans.That said, I must admit, the fans did get most of the selections right. Shark was impressive today vs. the Blue Jays. I was fortunate to hear the radio broadcast of some of his Oakland game. He fanned the side in the seventh inning, the final inning he worked today.

I watched the game on TV. He was dealing. I hope it was a good trade for the Cubs, but it was a great trade for the A’s. The A’s average 5 runs a game. Both Hammel and Shark should get a lot of wins.

Before yesterday, Shark was ranked 93rd in run support. Now, with an Oakland uniform on, he is joining a staff that has 2 of the top 5 pitchers in run support average.

I have to think that that is better than playing in the All Star Game.

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