Taylor Rogers might not have been named an all-star when the roster was revealed earlier this month, but the Twins reliever got the well-deserved honor after all.
Rogers was named as a replacement on Monday, earning the all-star nod for the first time in his career.
Making it even more special?
The game will be played on Tuesday night in his hometown. Rogers, a Colorado native, lives just outside of Denver, where the game is being held at Coors Field.
In a video posted by the Twins to Twitter, Rogers was all smiles walking through the stadium.
“We’re here. We’re here,” he said. “Let’s go.”
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— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) July 13, 2021
Rogers, who has been the Twins’ most consistent reliever for years now, has a 3.35 earned-run average with eight saves while striking out 54 batters in 37 2/3 innings pitched this year. His ERA was at 2.45 before his last outing, in which he served up a grand slam.
“Taylor Rogers has done an excellent, excellent job out of the bullpen in basically any role we ask him to do,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said earlier this month when touting the reliever’s all-star credentials. “He just goes out there and gets people out continuously, year after year.”
Rogers joins Nelson Cruz as the Twins’ two representatives at the all-star game. Cruz will be participating in the seventh all-star game in his career.