Jonathan Papelbon has tied Will Clark after being named to his sixth Major League All-Star team. The Philadelphia Phillies closer has compiled an impressive 1.64 earned run average in 31 appearances and is a perfect 14-for-14 in save opportunities.
He has struck out 34 batters and has give up only seven, while opponents are hitting just .213 against the right hander.
Papelbon is competing in his 11th season in MLB and is just three shy of passing National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Rollie Fingers for 12th on the all-time saves list. Papelbon has 339 career saves and ranks third among active pitchers in that category.
Papelbon is in his fourth season with Philadelphia and will be making his first appearance in the All-Star game since 2012 when the Jacksonville, Florida native earned all-star honors from 2006-09 as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
Besides Papelbon, seven other Mississippi State players have been named to MLB All-Star teams: Will Clark (1988-92, 1994), Rafael Palmeiro (1988, 1991, 1998-99), Buddy Myer (1935, 1937), Jeff Brantley (1990), Bobby Thigpen (1990), Sammy Ellis (1965) and David "Boo" Ferriss (1946.)
Papelbon played for the Diamond Dawgs from 2001-03 and was drafted 114th overall in the fourth round of the 2003 MLB Drafty by Boston. Papelbon posted a 6-2 record with seven saves and a 2.28 earned run average during his final season as a junior in Starkville. He 13 career saves ranked seventh in school history.
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