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).
"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."
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
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
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