Scutaro, Bumgarner headed to their first All-Star Game
07/07/2013 12:00 AM
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SAN FRANCISCO – Career-wise at least, Marco Scutaro's mid-30s have been good to him. Last October, the Giants second baseman became a World Series champion for the first time just days before his 37th birthday. This summer, he's a first-time All-Star.
Scutaro was one of three Giants on the National League All-Star team when rosters were announced Saturday. Catcher Buster Posey was named to the team for the second time. Left-hander Madison Bumgarner was also a first-time selection.
Posey made the team by way of player balloting. Scutaro and Bumgarner were two of nine selections made by Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who as the N.L. manager chose five pitchers and four position players in conjunction with Major League Baseball.
Bochy said informing Scutaro of his selection was "pretty nice. He was very appreciative."
"I've spent 10 years in the big leagues and never been there," Scutaro said. "I feel like I'm kind of at the end of my career, and to get to live the experience is special."
A year after landing four players in the N.L.'s starting lineup, the Giants had no players chosen as starters in fan voting. Posey, who is batting .309 with 12 homers and 48 RBIs, had the third-highest vote total in the N.L. at more than 6.4 million, but was edged out by Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who led all N.L. players with nearly 6.9 million votes.
Scutaro has hit .311 with 19 RBIs while playing through various ailments in the first half, including back problems in April and a finger injury in June. That Scutaro played a key role in the Giants' World Series run last season, including MVP honors in the NLCS and the game-winning hit in Game 4 of the World Series, also factored into his selection, Bochy said.
"It plays a part in the fact that in the first half the following year, if he has a good year, to me that's a no-brainer," Bochy said. "And he's had a good first half."
The 23-year-old Bumgarner has been the Giants' most consistent starter during a rocky first half for the team and rotation, improving to 9-5 with a 3.05 ERA in the Giants' 4-2 win over the Dodgers on Saturday. Bumgarner said Bochy had told him of his selection Friday, adding to keep it under wraps.
"I was definitely pretty excited," said Bumgarner, who said he didn't tell teammates but made an exception for his wife.
Said Bochy: "I wasn't going to New York without him."
As in 2012, vote totals for Giants players who did not make the roster reflected the online presence of the team's fan base. Brandon Crawford finished second in shortstop voting behind the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki, third baseman Pablo Sandoval also finished second behind the Mets' David Wright, and Brandon Belt came in fourth among first basemen.
Giants right fielder Hunter Pence, who finished seventh in outfield voting, is one of five candidates for the final N.L. roster spot, which is voted on by fans. That spot, however, seems fitted for Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig.
About This BlogMatt Kawahara has covered baseball for The Sacramento Bee for three years. Kawahara, a McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley graduate, joined The Bee in 2010. Before joining Sports, he was a general assignment news reporter. Reach Kawahara at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @matthewkawahara.
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