July 6, 2014
Former Golden Gophers pitcher Glen Perkins has been selected to his second consecutive Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The Minnesota Twins closer and native of Stillwater, Minnesota, is a reserve for the American League Team. The All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Perkins did not enter the game in his 2013 All-Star Game experience, but did become the seventh former University of Minnesota player selected to an All-Star roster. The other six were Dan Wilson, Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield, Terry Steinbach, Greg Olson and Denny Neagle. Perkins is the third former Gopher to make more than one "Midsummer Classic." Legendary Gophers head coach Dick Siebert, who did not play for Minnesota, also made an All-Star Game in 1943.
As a Golden Gopher, Perkins was an All-American in both of his 2003 and 2004 seasons. Named the 2003 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Perkins was also named the 2004 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and the 2004 Big Ten Most Outstanding Player of the Big Ten Tournament. He finished his career 19-5 with a 2.87 ERA, 13 complete games, two shutouts and 230 strikeouts in 216.1 innings pitched.
In Big Ten action, Perkins was 15-0 with a 2.09 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 129 innings. Perkins ended up first on the Minnesota career in list in Big Ten strikeouts (139) and Big Ten winning percentage (1.000, 15-0), fourth in Big Ten ERA (2.08) and tied for second in Big Ten wins (15). Overall, Perkins ranks fourth in career strikeouts with 230. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the first round of the 2004 draft as the 22nd pick overall. He made his professional debut on Sept, 21, 2006 against the Boston Red Sox.
Perkins has a 3-0 record and 20 saves so far in the 2014 season. He has 48 strikeouts and seven walks in 36 1/3 innings pitched.
Other Gophers at the MLB All-Star Game
*Dave Winfield, OF: (NL) 1977-80 San Diego; (AL) 1981-88 New York
*Paul Molitor, 3B: (AL) 1980, 85, 88, 91, 92 Milwaukee; 1993, 94 Toronto
*Terry Steinbach, C: (AL) 1988, 89, 93 Oakland
*Greg Olson, C: (NL) 1990 Atlanta
*Denny Neagle, P: (NL) 1995 Pittsburgh
*Dan Wilson, C (AL) 1996 Seattle
*Dick Siebert, 1B: (AL) 1943 Philadelphia (former Gopher coach)
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