July 8, 2013
University of Minnesota alum and current pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, Glen Perkins, has been selected to the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Team, announced Saturday, July 6. He along with Twins teammate Joe Mauer will represent Minnesota. It is Perkins' first trek to the All-Star Game, held in New York, July 16 at Citi Field.
Perkins has been the Twins' closer in 2013 and played for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. The left-handed stopper has earned 20 saves in 22 attempts this season and holds a 1.93 earned run average. In 2013, Perkins has appeared in 33 games and has struck out 45 batters in 32.2 innings pitched. His 1.93 ERA is a career-best so far since joining the MLB ranks in 2006.
Perkins becomes the seventh former Golden Gopher player to make it to the MLB All-Star Game and the first since 1996 when Dan Wilson represented Seattle. Perkins follows the likes of Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor, Terry Steinbach, Greg Olson, Denny Neagle and Wilson. Although he did not play for Minnesota, former Gophers coach Dick Siebert also made it to the 1943 All-Star Game with Philadelphia.
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, the Stillwater, Minn., native 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), 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.
Gopher Ties at the MLB All-Star Game
WINFIELD, Dave, OF (NL) 1977-80 SD; (AL) 1981-88 NY
MOLITOR, Paul, 3B (AL) 1980, 85, 88, 91, 92 Mil; 1993, 94 Tor
STEINBACH, Terry, C (AL) 1988, 89, 93 Oak
OLSON, Greg, C (NL) 1990 Atl
NEAGLE, Denny, P (NL) 1995 Pit
WILSON, Dan, C (AL) 1996 Sea
SIEBERT, Richard, 1B (AL) 1943 Phi (former Gopher coach)
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