July 15, 2024

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

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

Tarik Skubal reaches career high

Skubal and Greene’s Standout Seasons for Detroit Tigers

Tarik Skubal, 27, a ninth-round pick in the 2018 draft, has become one of the American League’s top pitchers. After overcoming an injury that kept him out for much of 2023, he has excelled this season with 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,” after learning about his selection just hours before a career-high 13-strikeout game.

Riley Greene, 23, drafted fifth overall in 2019, has shown continuous improvement since his debut in 2022. 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, 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 shared his joy, 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.”

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Milestone for the Detroit Tigers

Their selection marks a significant milestone for the Tigers, with the last All-Star selection via player or fan vote dating back to 2016. Greene plans to surprise his family in Florida over the All-Star break, and Skubal’s achievements highlight the Tigers’ promising future. The 2024 All-Star Game rosters were determined through fan votes, player ballots, and selections by the commissioner’s office, underscoring Skubal and Greene’s outstanding performances and contributions this season.

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