White Sox’ Sale, Konerko, Dunn get All-Star nods; Peavy up for vote
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org July 1, 2012 7:58PM
Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko will join teammate Chris Sale at the All-Star Game in Kansas City, Mo. Jake Peavy is part of the Final Vote. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: August 3, 2012 6:22AM
NEW YORK — Chris Sale, Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn made it to the American League All-Star team. A.J. Pierzynski did not. And Jake Peavy still has a shot.
That’s how Sunday’s All-Star proceedings shook out for the White Sox. Sale, who is 9-2 with a 2.27 ERA in his first season as a starting pitcher, was named for the first time. Konerko is now a six-time All-Star first baseman, and Dunn is a two-time All-Star who also made the National League team with the Cincinnati Reds in 2002.
Peavy, like Dunn a candidate for Comeback Player of the Year, is a Final Vote candidate. He was most happy for Sale, a 23-year-old left-hander who responded to handshakes and hugs from teammates with an ear-to-ear smile.
‘‘It’s awesome,’’ Sale said. “It’s something I’ve honestly thought about for a long time since I was a kid, playing baseball, being a fan of baseball. I was kind of speechless. It was just crazy.’’
Sale is 6-0 with a 1.73 ERA over his last six starts. He leads the AL in ERA and is second with a 0.97 WHIP (walks and hits to innings pitched) and opponent batting average (.198).
‘‘It’s been an incredible ride,’’ Sale said. ‘‘I wish I could sit here and tell you I did this all by myself, but I’ve had two catchers behind the plate; the defense is behind me, scoring runs when I’m out there.’’
Konerko is batting .335 with 14 homers and 40 RBI. Dunn is .213 with 24 homers and 58 RBI.
‘‘You never think it’s not a big deal, no matter how long you play or how old you are,’’ Konerko said.
Dunn was disappointed for teammates who came up short, calling the honor “bittersweet.’’
‘‘It’s huge,’’ he said. ‘‘You get voted in by your peers — that’s the highest honor you can have.’’
Peavy (6-5, 2.96) needs fan votes by 3 p.m. Central time Thursday. The Kansas City Royals’ Jonathan Broxton, the Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish, the Baltimore Orioles’ Jason Hammel and the Los Angeles Angels’ Ernesto Frieri, all pitchers, are his competition.
Pierzynski had predicted he wouldn’t make it despite deserving numbers. But he wasn’t happy about it actually happening.
‘‘If [Rangers manager Ron Washington] felt that bad, he would have put me on the team,’’ Pierzynski said. ‘‘He had an opportunity to do it and he didn’t do it.”
Pierzynski endorsed Peavy, who, while expressing disappointment that Pierzynski and Alex Rios didn’t make it, said he was ‘‘honored’’ to be a Final Vote guy.
‘‘We got our work cut out for us with a Japanese player [Darvish] in there,’’ he said.