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Clippard added as NL All-Star

Jul 13, 2014, 2:56 PM EST

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[Updated: 5:03 p.m.]

Washington Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard has been added to the 2014 National League All-Star roster, the Nats announced on Sunday.

The news comes two days after Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann, the team’s lone All-Star Game representative, was forced to leave Friday’s game against Philadelphia with a right bicep strain.

Clippard, 29, was added to replace Braves pitcher Julio Teheran. Teheran started for the Braves on Sunday in Chicago.

Clippard has blossomed in Washington’s bullpen this season, registering a 2.03 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 40 innings. This is his second All-Star selection.

Clippard is part of a Nationals bullpen that as a whole has been one of the strongest in baseball, ranking third in the majors with a 2.69 ERA.

  1. stoatva - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Clippard would be my third choice from the Nats bullpen.

  2. stoatva - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Clippard has blossomed at the back end of Washington’s bullpen this season


  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    The right thing to do would have been to name Clip or Storen or Sori as JZim’s replacement right away. It shouldn’t needed to wait for Sunday when Matheny knew there were 3 to 4 pitchers starting that were on the All Star team like Cueto and Teheran and Tyson Ross. Why all the drama by Matheny.

  4. sjberke - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    24 hours ago, everyone (including Mark) was reporting that Henderson Alvarez of the Marlins was going to replace JZimm. What gives?

    • Rick - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Clip isn’t replacing Zimmerman. He’s replacing someone else.

  5. Candide - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Clippard was allegedly selected because Julio Teheran is pitching today and therefore won’t be available.

    That’s the official reason, as I understand it. It’s about as believable as a politician resigning his seat because “I want to spend more time with my family.”

    The real reason, IMHO: MLB realized a lot of people in a major media market were prepared to ditch the game in favor of HGTV. The suits got together and said, “Hey, we need to toss Washington a bone and keep Your Washington Area Nissan Dealers, who’ve already paid $250,000 for the right to air a commercial every half-inning, happy. So stop your crying, Washington; here’s a nice piece of candy for you.”

    It’s disrespectful, and I’m not watching. MLB treats DC like it’s a second-class citizen, so I’m going to be streaming Netflix that evening. And also the night of the home run derby, which is a stupid and annoying waste of time anyway.

    BTW, you want to know how you deal with someone who doesn’t show you the respect you’re entitled to? Just review Jayson Werth’s performance for the Phillies fans this weekend. Yeah, keep yelling “Worthless!” at him.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      +1000, and I’m watching HGTV….screw Bud Selig and Matheny can kiss my a$$. No way Rendon should be left off this team.

    • sjm308 - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      Absolutely spot on.
      I will be hiking in Harpers Ferry that afternoon and have no plans to watch.

  6. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Congrats to Tyler Clippard. But I hope he doesn’t show or pitch.

    And add me to the group that won’t watch the festivities.

  7. mdmcommish - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Chill candide, it ain’t that bad!

  8. Nats Amore - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    As someone who lived in the DC area for years and has now seen the national (no pun intended) perspective of the Nats for a while, let me offer this observation: because the national media is obsessed with Strasburg and Harper, other great players such as Rendon, Clip and Storen fly under the radar and don’t get the attention they deserve. I’m glad Clip is taking the high road and representing the team. The right way to handle the snubs is not to snub back, but rather to show how good someone not named Harper or Strasburg is in the national spotlight. IMO, you take every opportunity to fix the problem, instead of sulking about it.

    That said, the ASG has become a dull crock of doo-doo that I won’t watch, but not because of any snubs. Good luck Clip!

    • dcwx61 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      snubbing is like giving someone poison, but drinking it yourself

  9. coollikelivo - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    In the ASG, all pitchers are essentially relievers, so why Clip and not Sori? I think it has to do with the fact that Sori is not well liked around the league, for various reasons. He’s not gregarious, comes off as having an attitude, and the untuck is just showboat annoying. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we have him because he performs (a bit too nerve-wrackingly often times), but likability goes a long way in baseball as in life….

    • coollikelivo - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      And i mean absolutely no dig against Clip, LOVE HIM!

    • Eric - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      Sori pretty clearly stated that he didn’t want to be handed an ASG appearance, and wouldn’t accept an invitation at this point. I suspect that’s at least partly why he wasn’t selected.

      • 3on2out - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        Eric +1

      • coollikelivo - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        Hadn’t followed that aspect but not surprising….Part of the overall attitude issue….

      • dcwx61 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        Yep, that’s what I heard too. FP evidently didn’t as he mentioned Soriano several times as a possible candidate during today’s broadcast.
        If nominated, I will not run, if elected I will not pitch.

    • Section 222 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      (a bit too nerve-wrackingly often times)

      Wrong, wrong, wrong. Et tu coolilikelivo?

  10. dcwx61 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    I’m glad the Nats will be represented. Next year, Matt Williams can choose.

    I don’t think it is a snub on MLBs part just the misguided and immature methany.
    In the future, the players should choose the bench. It shouldn’t be up to one guy

    • NatsLady - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      Having the players choose isn’t a great solution either. Most of them don’t know much about players outside their own Division other than “name” guys unless they’ve played against them in the recent past. You’re asking them to spend time looking up stats, and in the case of someone like Rendon to vote him in as what, 2nd base? 3rd base?

      The problem with Matheny is that he is the manager of a currently contending team (as Farrell isn’t). He can’t afford to alienate or discourage his own guys, that’s the “conflict of interest” here. In addition to the “familiarity bias” (which is sort of like the “prospect bias, in that you overvalue your own guys, and perhaps guys in his own Division), there is also a perhaps unconcious desire to motivate your guys by selecting them.

      How do you tell a Carpenter, say, that you selected Rendon above him, when no one ever heard of Rendon–and that’s if Matheny was even tempted to select Rendon after only seeing him for seven games, games in which the Cards mostly beat the Nats soundly?

      OTOH, the Cards being a contending team motivates Matheny to choose the best players (as he sees them) and deploy them in the best way to win the game. So there’s that.

      • Section 222 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        I don’t think this is true NL. From what I’ve heard and gathered, these guys watch MLB Network all the time. They know alot about other players, even if they don’t play them often.

  11. dcwx61 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Good news on DC and Balt baseball, both teams are thriving

  12. NatsLady - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    (1) MLB was getting a lot of bad press about no Nats representative on the All-Star Team. I heard several TV commentators mention it, plus read it several places. Since the ASG is supposedly “for the fans,” it doesn’t look good for any market, and in particular the market of a contending team, to be shut out. JZimm isn’t going, and shouldn’t have to go, since he already did the “ceremony-but-not-playing” thing once.
    (2) Torre (or whoever) stepped in and said, look, the next guy up is a Nat.
    (3) Soriano already said he wouldn’t accept. No point in stirring that pot, period. There are enough problems with the way the All-Star team is selected without spotlighting the issue of eminenlty qualified guys who were left off.
    (4) You don’t want Storen. The last time he was on the nationals stage was, well, you know. Even now, when I listen to out of town broadcast and he comes in, that’s the story they tell. He’s certainly past it, but I can tell you from personal experience, moving past something and having it rubbed in your face are two different things. Clip’s last All-Star appearance was amusing (and actually unique record-wise), so they can recount that story without embarrassing anyone.
    (5) It should have been Rendon, but that opens up a whole other can of worms of position players on other teams who were “snubbed,” so replace a pitcher with a pitcher.
    (6) Ergo, Clip. Him and Rizzo owe each other so many favors by now they’ve probably both lost count.

    • Candide - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Good analysis.

      • NatsLady - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        Thank you. I had three hours to think about it because traffic was heavy on I-95 coming back from Philly.

    • Section 222 - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      So are you saying Storen should never make the ASG until the Nats vanquish the demons of Game you know what by winning a playoff series? That seems a little harsh, no?

  13. ratiocinational - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    You guys are overlooking the best thing about this pick! Tyler Clippard is looking for his 2nd All-Star Game win. He was the winning pitcher in 2011. Nats (at the time) Matt Capps was the winning pitcher for the 2010 game. I wonder what the record is for most ASG wins? Anyways, I support Clip on his way to setting the new record!

    • NatsLady - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Me, too! I’ve loved Hunter Pence ever since that day!

  14. letswin3 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Coollikelivo, I understand exactly what you are saying. I too appreciate Soriano’s numbers this season, and I wouldn’t want him to be on another club’s roster. But I also consider him to be surly and somewhat antisocial. And, imho, he expects the world to beat a path to his door, as opposed to joining with teammates or the city. His untuck says to me that “there, I showed you who the boss is” … he could instead just shake hands with the catcher and let the world decide if he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread…or not. Just my opinion.

    • NatsLady - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      No offense, but on what basis do you find Soriano to be “surly and anti-social”? In his own country he is in the military reserve, which may account for his stiff bearing, and according to reports he does a lot of charity work there. He is also apparently a devoted family man, in fact, so devoted that he is constantly on the telephone with them. If you want to call that “anti-social, ” OK, but I don’t care how much money you make, if you have to spend 2/3 of the year in a foreign country away from your family, that can’t be easy–and what if your child is sick, or worse, as happened with Jean Segura?

      When the Nats went to Atlanta he invited the team to his home there for dinner. When called upon to speak to the press, he does so, even though he has a heavy accent. I recall him helping Gio once when Gio was struggling in a game, and I would not be at all surprised if he taught Clip the cutter.

      Soriano may be surly and anti-social, but I don’t know how we’d know that from our vantage point as fans.

      • letswin3 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        I thought I was clear that it was just my opinion, but if you missed that, let me be clear…’s just my opinion. I haven’t checked on his family health situation or his military contributions either. Let me again say that he appears to be surly and anti-social to me. I rarely choose to speak for others, and I shouldn’t have to defend MY OPINIONS. I hope that you will agree that I’m entitled to an opinion.

      • NatsLady - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        And I’m entitled to mine. And mine opinion is, I have no personal evidence that Soriano is surly or antisocial (and some evidence to the contrary)–and even if he is, that’s a problem only if it affects the clubhouse or bullpen to the detriment of the team’s performance.

        When he first came to us, I was a little put-off by the untuck. But that’s what he does, and it’s a harmless “trademark” as far as I can see (in my opinion). If players on opposing teams were offended by it–as in it violates the “unwritten rules”–they would handle it. Apparently it doesn’t. In my opinion.

      • natsbro - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        “I think a lot of people get such a wrong idea about Sori,” said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. “They think he is quiet, maybe a little arrogant. He couldn’t be more different than that. He’s fun. He talks with all of us. He knows the game. [Untucking] is just kind of his thing, it’s just what he does.”


      • coollikelivo - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:49 PM

        To NatsLady’s objection, NatsBro’s quote of RZ re-focuses on the intent of my original post, Sori is PERCEIVED negatively around baseball (whether as “surly and anti-social” or whatever). Yes, the perception may well be totally wrong, but RZ confirms that the perception does actually exist for “a lot of people”: — “I think a lot of people get such a wrong idea about Sori,” said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. “They think he is quiet, maybe a little arrogant……”

        So regretting having started this kerfuffle, I say let’s root on Clip in the ASG, and root on Sori and all the Nats the rest of the way this season…

      • Doc - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:12 AM

        Thanks NL.

        We don’t know Soriano’s story any more than we don’t know a lot of things about this team.

        I like the 0.97 ERA, and I like his work ethic—what’s more for a fan to like!!!

  15. scnatsfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    If Soriano wants a couple of days off to recharge, be it physically or mentally, I’m on board 100% with his decision. The game is a joke anyway and will end up as the Derek Jeter Appreciation Show.

    • NatsLady - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      Ha! You are exactly right about that! Somehow, I didn’t mind when it was Mariano Rivera, but I’m not such a big Jeter fan.

  16. stoatva - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    I find it difficult to believe that Soriano’s untucking is more resented than Fernando Rodney’s “arrow” production number.

  17. stoatva - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    I turned off the Futures Game after Giolito got tagged for the two run homer, but it appears the USA guys came back, so he didn’t take the loss. Still got hit hard, though.

    • NatsLady - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      I was driving and didn’t see it. He didn’t pitch well?

      • stoatva - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        Single smoked up the middle, booming oppo home run on a curve that was left high, a long fly to left and a pretty nifty strike out. Only pitched two thirds of an inning, so he didn’t have much of a chance to establish fastball command. Obviously he has electric stuff.

  18. npb99 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Gosh, what’s wrong with “untucking” anyway? Is there any sport as repressive as baseball in allowing players to celebrate their accomplishments? Players are detested just for smiling or grinning or making the occasional gesture.

  19. Joe Seamhead - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    On Raffy being snubbed,( note this was written before Clippard was named to the roster) :

  20. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Clip shouldn’t go. Even he thinks soriano should have made ahead of him so makes no sense to go as replacement. Come up with an excuse Clip.

    • NatsLady - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      I don’t think he’ll do that. He might want to, but he won’t. Soriano’s made his point. This is not a matter that’s important enough to make a big stink about, nor will Clip “boycotting” result in changing the selection system. As noted above, it’s going to be the Derek Jeter show anyway, so why alienate fans from other cities who don’t care that Soriano was snubbed, because their guy was also snubbed. Just be polite, don’t embarrass anyone (with any luck, don’t even play) and come back ready for the “second half” of the season.

  21. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    I have come up with the easiest solution to all these snubs, win the WS and let our whole team participate in ASG festivities.

  22. David Proctor - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    James Wagner said Soriano was invited and turned it down, as he promised he would. Clippard spent the morning campaigning for it to be Storen instead of himself, to no avail. So Clippard decided to do it because he felt the Nationals needed someone represented.

    • NatsLady - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      I think it’s better this way. Storen is certainly deserving, but I for one don’t want to hear Game 5 brought up ever again–and it would be.

      • David Proctor - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        Well you better believe we’re going to hear about it the first time Storen makes it into a game in October.

      • stoatva - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        What David Proctor said. Also, the Strasburg Shutdown.


    • NatsLady - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      And the more I think about it, Clip’s right not to “boycott.” It’s Soriano’s principle–correctly made–not to accept a “second-class” invitation. Clip’s not in that position, his stats are good, but not as good by any means as Soriano’s. This is really a very minor controversy, and shouldn’t be blown up out of proportion and draw attention to the Nats as a team that doesn’t want to participate in MLB’s “showcase” because they’re, y’know, anti-social and surly.

  23. stoatva - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Bunch of Nats players stuck on the tarmac in Philadelphia (apparently in a couple of different planes) tweeting back and forth in boredom. Kind of funny, actually.

    • NatsLady - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      Ha, thanks for the tip. Blevins is a riot.

      • stoatva - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        Desmond, too.

  24. NatsLady - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    DP, yes, of course we’re going to hear about Storen in October. And in October is when he hopefully overcomes it, just as Mariano Rivera overcame 2001…

    Yeah, The Strasburg Shutdown… yeeesh… Everytime I hear announcers talking about another team I realize how superficial their knowlege probably is about that other team, because that’s what they talk about for the Nats (oh, and Bryce). They get the “media notes,” and anything else is what they remember, and that’s what they remember about the Nats.

  25. Section 222 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Clip is a class act.

    No reason to boycott. There were lots of “snubs,” and we’ll show ’em when it counts.

  26. thelatencn - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    I don’t just accept the untuck, I love it. My wife watches every game with me, and the two things she looks for most of all are: Desi’s helmet snatching and Soriano’s untucking. She also stays tuned for the coverage of MW’s news conference, as she did Davy’s.

  27. Doc - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    I love the Bull Pen guys!

    They should get a TV sitcom show. Nats Lady could be lead script writer.

    There are more characters there than in Hogan’s Heroes!

  28. Candide - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    One good thing seems to have come out of this stupid little drama: Soriano-hating seems to have fallen out of favor here. You can have an annoying (to some) little ritual when you get a save, give people severe heartburn with your high-wire fill-the-bases-and-give-up-zero-runs relief appearances, and have the outward demeanor of Sonny Liston, and suddenly it all becomes irrelevant when your ERA drops below 1.00 and you get passed over for the ASG. Suddenly everyone here likes Rafael.

    • David Proctor - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      I always defended Soriano, even last year.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        That makes two of us, David. I thought that Randy Knorr’s yanking him in the Mets game was not only insulting, but it played a part in Knorr not getting the manager’s job.





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