Livan, Cordero named NL All-Stars
Pair of Washington righties to be part of the festivities in Detroit
CHICAGO -- The 2005 All-Star Game is on July 12 at Comerica Park in Detroit, and right-handers Livan Hernandez and Chad Cordero will be on the National League squad that day.
For Hernandez, this will be his second consecutive All-Star selection. Last season, Hernandez went to Houston, but didn't' play in the Mid-Summer Classic.
This season, Hernandez is one of the reasons the Nationals have a comfortable lead in the National League East. He is 12-2 with a 3.32 ERA and has won 11 consecutive decision. Hernandez is on pace to have his first 20-game season.
"Livan has done everything he could do to make this pitching staff respectable and solid. He has shown the way. It not about how hard you throw the ball. It's thinking out there on the mound," manager Frank Robinson said.
Instead of talking up his All-Star achievements, Hernandez focused on others he feels are deserving of credit.
"I feel good and happy," Hernandez said after learning that he had made the All-Star team. "I think everybody on the Nationals is an All-Star. Everybody plays baseball really good. I want to thank everybody, especially [interim general manager] Jim Bowden, who has done a great, great job. A lot of people may forget that. I'm not going to forget it, because he made this team better. He worked hard during the offseason and brought in some good players."
Even though he didn't play in the All-Star Game last year, Hernandez was just happy being a part of the fun that comes with the being an All-Star. This year, he would like to make an appearance on the mound.
"I want to pitch this year. Let's see what happens," Hernandez said. "I made it, and I want to enjoy it. That's very important. If I pitch, I will be happy," Hernandez said.
Cordero, who will be making his first All-Star appearance, is clearly the best closer in the baseball. He leads the Major Leagues in saves with 29 and is on pace to save a Major League record 58 games. Cordero's ERA is 1.25.
"I'm honored to go out there and be named an All-Star. It's something a lot of people don't get to do," Cordero said.
"We have a security blanket in the ninth hole. When you give him the ball and you have a lead, that means we have a win. That's what he has meant to this ballclub," Robinson said.
Even though he blew a save on Sunday against the Cubs, his first since April 21 against the Braves, Cordero was in especially good spirits when talking about his first All-Star selection because his time in Detroit will be a family affair. His father, Edward, and mother, Patricia, will be on hand in the Motor City.
"My father can't wait to go. He was all excited. My mom started crying. It is great to tell them that I made the team," Cordero said.
The All-Star Game, to be held at Detroit's Comerica Park on Tuesday, July 12 at 8 p.m. ET, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.