July 15, 2024

Two Detroit Tigers Selected to 2024 American League All-Star Team

Two Detroit Tigers players have been chosen for the 2024 All-Star Game, marking the first time since 2017 that the team has had multiple representatives. Pitcher Tarik Skubal and outfielder Riley Greene will participate in the prestigious event in Arlington, Texas, both making their debut appearances.

Standout Seasons for Skubal and Greene

Tarik Skubal, 27, a ninth-round draft pick in 2018, has emerged as one of the American League’s top pitchers. Despite an injury that sidelined him for much of 2023, he has returned with a dominant performance this season, boasting a 10-3 record, a 2.37 ERA, and 132 strikeouts over 110 innings. Reflecting on his selection, Skubal said, “You try to kind of hide the emotion, but it’s special to be announced in front of the team and these guys that you go to battle with every day,” shortly before achieving a career-high 13 strikeouts in a game.

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Riley Greene, 23, drafted fifth overall in 2019, has shown significant improvement since his 2022 debut. This season, he has a .261 batting average, with 17 doubles, five triples, 17 home runs, and a .356 on-base percentage. Greene expressed his excitement by saying, “Being named [to the All-Star team] is just something that shows you’re doing the right things, you’re helping your team when you’re playing well. It’s an honor that shows what you’ve been doing.”

Manager Hinch and Team Support

Tigers manager A.J. Hinch praised the selections, stating, “It’s really awesome because I got to see the reaction of the players — Tarik and Riley were incredibly excited — and their teammates were so supportive and happy for them. It never gets old delivering good news and the team responded accordingly.”

Milestone for the Detroit Tigers

The selections of Skubal and Greene add a significant milestone to the Tigers’ history of All-Star selections, with the last player selection via player or fan vote dating back to 2016. Greene plans to surprise his family in Florida during the All-Star break. The 2024 All-Star Game rosters were determined through a combination of fan votes, player ballots, and selections by the commissioner’s office. The selections of Skubal and Greene underscore their outstanding performances and contributions to the team this season.

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