Orioles closer Zach Britton, who converted on all 47 of his save opportunities in 2016 was named to The Sporting News’ American League All-Star team.
The team was voted on by 29 American League executives before the postseason began.
Britton, a leading contender for the American League Cy Young Award, had an 0.54 ERA and allowed just one home run in 67 innings while giving up just over five hits per nine innings.
No other Oriole was named a starter on the team though Matt Wieters and Mark Trumbo received votes at catcher and outfielder. Manny Machado received votes for both shortstop and third base.
Britton is the second Oriole in as many days to be honored. Trumbo was named the AL comeback player of the year on Tuesday. He was the third Oriole to win the award. Boog Powell (1966) and Rick Sutcliffe (1992) were the others.
Interestingly, Buck Showalter failed to get any votes from his fellow managers in the AL Manager of the Year voting, which was won by Cleveland’s Terry Francona.
No Oriole rookie was among the top five finishers for the AL Rookie of the Year, which like the comeback player is voted on by American League players.
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Oilers Coach Todd McLellan has an opinion on the subject, too. Here’s what he told reporters in Edmonton on Tuesday:
“It’s been a strange year in my opinion with the World Cup. I think there’s a large portion of higher end players that have a head start on maybe some of the role players, and it’s showing up in scoring.”
Just as interesting, the Oilers’ bench boss thinks the scoring bump is only temporary.
“That’s going to even out at some point, as well.”
McLellan, of course, coached the high-flying Team North America in Toronto. His Oilers, meantime, are tied for the league lead in goals per game through six contests.
Do you agree with McLellan’s assessment? Or do you suspect something else is behind the increase?