Passion Posted July 7, 2005 Share Posted July 7, 2005 Jimmy Rollins and Billy Wagner were named to the All-Star team Thursday, joining right fielder Bobby Abreu on the National League squad. Rollins makes his third trip to the Midsummer Classic, while Wagner becomes a four-timer. The pair are replacing Cesar Izturis and Pedro Martinez, respectively. Rollins, 26, was the second-highest vote getter among shortstops on the players' ballot. He went as a reserve player in 2001 and started in 2002. He enters the game a perfect 2-for-2 in All-Star play. The 33-year-old Wagner was added as a replacement for Mets starter Pedro Martinez, who is scheduled to start on Sunday, and said he wouldn't be able to pitch two days later. Wagner is 1-1 with 20 saves in 22 chances, and has a 2.35 ERA. He's third in the NL standings, behind Chad Cordero and Jason Isringhausen. This is Wagner's first All-Star appearance with the Phillies, and first since 2003. He's allowed one run in two innings. The Phillies also sent three players to the 2002 All-Star Game -- Rollins, Scott Rolen and Vicente Padilla. Wagner becomes the first Phillies reliever to go since Ricky Bottalico in 1996 and first left-handed reliever since Al Holland in 1984. Rollins is the first shortstop to go three times since Admin Bowa's five appearances (1974-76, 78-79). Anyone ever hear of Morgan Ensberg? He is more deserving than Rollins who is batting .268 and has 23 RBIs.... :banghead :banghead :banghead Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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