June 29, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler (16) hits a RBI single in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
The Royals were honored with the selection of Billy Butler, making his first career All-Star Game. Through 75 games thus far, Butler is batting .297/.365/.516 with 16 home runs and 48 RBI.
The All-Star Game beind held in Kansas City has been talked about for quite some time, but the feeling just became more real when when the rosters were announced Sunday afternoon on TBS.
Along with Butler, former Royal Jose Bautista was named a starter for the American League in the outfield. The three-time All-Star selection is batting just .239 but leads baseball with 26 home runs at this point. Meanwhile former Kansas City players Melky Cabrera and Carlos Beltran were named starters in the outfield for the National League. For Cabrera this will be his first All-Star appearance, while Beltran was selected for the seventh time. Beltran currently has a .310 average and 20 home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals.
In addition, Zack Greinke did not make the All-Star roster, which is a joke. The Brewers starter has a 9-2 record with a 2.82 ERA In 102 innings pitched he has 102 strikeouts with just 22 walks. Nothing can be said about it, other than it is completely asinine.
Meanwhile Royals closer Jonathan Broxton, in his first season with the Royals has made the final vote for the last spot on the roster. Broxton does have 20 saves and a 2.05 ERA, but also has a 1.34 WHIP, which has pained many Royals fans when he is on the mound.