'It feels good': Shane Greene will represent Tigers at All-Star Game

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Shane Greene ranks second in the American League with 22 saves this season.

Detroit — During the grind of offseason workouts in Florida, somebody will invariably ask Shane Greene what the heck he is doing.

"I always joke and tell them I'm prepping for the All-Star game," he said Sunday.

It's not a joke anymore. 

Greene was informed Sunday morning that he would be representing the Tigers at the All-Star Game in Cleveland on July 9.

"To say that I am an All-Star is definitely an accomplishment personally," Greene said. "But I don't play this game just to be an All-Star. I want to win a World Series. But I worked my tail off to get here — and I'm not done yet."

Greene, the Tigers' closer, is second in the American League with 22 saves in 23 opportunities. Among relievers with at least 31 innings, he has the lowest ERA (0.87) and the fifth lowest opponents' batting average (.152).

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"Good for Greeney," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I think (Matthew) Boyd deserved a look at it, too, he's pitched well for us. But Greeney's definitely been our All-Star, no doubt about that.

"All the games he's saved without having that many save opportunities — he's been pretty doggone good."

It's a tad bittersweet, though, just because it's very likely Greene won't be wearing a Tigers uniform very long after the All-Star break. He is already generating a lot of interest on the trade market.

"Yeah, as long as you are a back-end bullpen guy and you are pitching well, that's what's going to happen," Greene said. "This won't be the last time in my career I'm a trade target. 

"It's just part of it. But right now I'm a Tiger and that's all that matters."

Greene admitted he's not good at showing his emotions when good things happen. But in his subdued way, he managed to convey his pride over being selected.

"It feels good," he said. "This is what I worked for. Obviously, you want to win baseball games, but to get recognized as one of the best in the game so far this year — it feels good."


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All-Star rosters

American League


Catcher — Gary Sánchez, N.Y. Yankees

First baseman — Carlos Santana, Cleveland

Second baseman — DJ LeMahieu, N.Y. Yankees/Birmingham Brother Rice

Shortstop — Jorge Polanco, Minnesota

Third baseman — Alex Bregman, Houston

Outfield — Mike Trout, L.A. Angels

Outfield — George Springer, Houston

Outfield — Michael Brantley, Houston

Designated hitter — Hunter Pence, Texas



James McCann, Chicago White Sox


José Abreu, Chicago White Sox

Matt Chapman, Oakland

Tommy La Stella, L.A. Angels

Francisco Lindor, Cleveland

Daniel Vogelbach, Seattle


Mookie Betts, Boston

Joey Gallo, Texas

Austin Meadows, Tampa Bay

Whit Merrifield, Kansas City

Designated hitter

J.D. Martinez, Boston


Gerritt Cole, Houston

Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox

John Means, Baltimore

Mike Minor, Texas

Charlie Morton, Tampa Bay

Jake Odorizzi, Minnesota

Marcus Stroman, Toronto

Justin Verlander, Houston

Aroldis Chapman, N.Y. Yankees

Shane Greene, Detroit

Brad Hand, Cleveland

Ryan Pressly, Houston

National League


Catcher — Wilson Contreras, Chicago Cubs

First baseman — Freddie Freeman, Atlanta

Second baseman — Ketel Marte, Arizona

Shortstop — Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs

Third baseman — Nolan Arenado, Colorado

Outfield — Christian Yelich, Milwaukee

Outfield — Cody Bellinger, L.A. Dodgers

Outfield — Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta



Yasmani Grandahl, Milwaukee

J.T. Realmuto, Philadelphia


Pete Alonso, N.Y. Mets

Josh Bell, Pittsburgh

Kris Bryant, Chicago

Paul DeJong, St. Louis

Mike Moustakas, Milwaukee

Anthony Rendon, Washington

Trevor Story, Colorado


Charlie Blackmon, Colorado

David Dahl, Colorado

Jeff McNeil, N.Y. Mets


Sandy Alcantara, Miami

Walker Buehler, L.A. Dodgers

Luis Castillo, Cincinnati

Jacob deGrom, N.Y. Mets

Zach Greinke, Arizona

Clayton Kershaw, L.A. Dodgers

Hyun-Jin Ryu, L.A. Dodgers

Max Scherzer, Washington

Mike Soroka, Atlanta

Josh Hader, Milwaukee

Will Smith, San Francisco

Kirby Yates, San Diego