For the first time in his career, Felix Hernandez will start for the American League in the 2014 All-Star Game.
Hernandez is the first Venezuela pitcher to start for the All-Stars and is having a career year with an 11-2 record and an American League leading 2.12 ERA. He is the second Seattle pitcher to start an All-Star Game. Randy Johnson started the 1995 and 1997 games.
Felix was announced as the starter in a press conference on Monday with his son Jeremy sitting beside him. As you can see from the photo, he was channeling his inner Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn.
Hernandez – who has been anything but wild this season – is now a five-time All-Star, having been named to the team all but one year since 2009 (2010). In those games Felix has only appeared twice (2009, 2013), allowing just one hit in two innings of work.
The National League ERA leader, St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright will get the start for the NL.