July 10, 2014
From Butler Athletic Communications
INDIANAPOLIS – St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher and Butler baseball alum Pat Neshek will be making his first trip to the MLB All-Star game this summer after being selected to represent the National League by his manager Mike Matheny. The 2014 MLB All-Star Game will be held in Minnesota on Tuesday, July 15 with first pitch slated for 8 p.m.
Neshek earned the manager selection after putting together a great first half of the season. The right hander has the lowest ERA (0.77) and WHIP (0.57) of any National League reliever with at least 30 innings pitched. He currently holds a 2-0 overall record with two saves.
"This is such a well-deserved honor for Pat," Butler Baseball Head Coach Steve Farley explained. "I know I speak for all of the Butler players and coaches who were part of the teams that Pat played on at BU when I say that we are so proud of him and his accomplishments in professional baseball. He has dealt with tremendous adversity during his career and to see him picked as a league All-Star is a true testament to his perseverance, his work ethic and his character."
A staple of the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen, Neshek has only allowed one run in 35 appearances since April 9. He has 35 strikeouts in his 35 innings of work throughout the season while holding the opposition to a .134 batting average.
After a stellar collegiate career at Butler, Neshek jumped to the show after being selected by the Minnesota Twins in the sixth round of the 2002 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut for the Twins in July of 2006 and played for the club until the 2010 season.
Known for his side-arm pitching delivery, Neshek also spent time playing for the San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics before landing a new home in St. Louis for the 2014 season.
AL manager John Farrell and NL manager Mike Matheny will announce the batting orders and starting pitchers before the teams work out the day before the July 15 Midsummer Classic. The league that wins will receive home-field advantage in the World Series.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.