CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – While extremely entertaining, a spirited day full of #VoteKluber tweets by Cleveland Indians fans was not quite enough to send Corey Kluber to the 2014 Midsummer Classic.
On Thursday, Kluber fell short of receiving the necessary votes to win the Final Vote in the American League. Instead, Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale finished first in the AL, while Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo earned the most votes in the NL.
While garnering the second-most votes in the Twitter Final Vote, Kluber finished fourth overall in the American League.
“I truly appreciate all the efforts of Tribe fans, my teammates,, & everyone else over the last few days. Congrats to Chris,” Kluber tweeted following the announcement by Major League Baseball.
It is hard to dispute Sale’s All-Star candidacy in 2014. The White Sox lefty is 8-1 with a league-best 2.08 ERA in 14 starts this season.
However, Kluber is certainly All-Star worthy himself, going 8-6 with a 2.86 ERA in 19 starts for Cleveland. The righty has struck out 137 batters over 125.2 innings of work.
His 2.65 FIP is fourth-best in all of baseball, while his WAR of 3.4 ranks him fifth-best in the bigs among pitchers.
Michael Brantley remains the Tribe’s lone representative in the 2014 All-Star Game. Brantley leads the Indians in batting average, home runs, RBI and runs scored.
His wRC+ mark of 159 is eighth-best in baseball.
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