New A’s pitcher Jeff Samardzija makes All-Star team for Cubs
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter July 6, 2014 7:02PM
Updated: July 6, 2014 9:28PM
WASHINGTON — Leave it to the Cubs to have a player selected to the All-Star team the same day he pitches seven innings to win a game for someone else.
Jeff Samardzija’s first All-Star selection was announced Sunday, less than 48 hours after he was traded to the Oakland Athletics in a six-player deal. It’s believed to be only the second time a player has earned an All-Star selection for one team while playing for another because of a trade.
The other was outfielder Carlos Beltran, who was elected to the American League starting lineup in 2004 after the Kansas City Royals shipped him to the Houston Astros in a June trade.
“I don’t think I ever remember seeing that,” said Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who was selected for the five-man ballot for the final National League spot.
In Beltran’s case, he eventually was added to the NL roster as an injury replacement.
Samardzija, who beat the Toronto Blue Jays in his AL debut Sunday, is eligible to attend and participate in All-Star activities, but he’s ineligible to play in the game. It wasn’t immediately clear if he could be added to the AL roster as a replacement.
“I won’t get to pitch, which is a bummer, but that’s all right,” Samardzija said. “I’ll just go through whatever ceremonies they have and just jump over to the AL dugout with an NL jersey on and have some fun with the six other dudes we have over there, which is exciting.”