Detroit Tigers’ Gregory Soto selected to 2nd straight MLB All-Star Game

CHICAGO — For the second straight period, Gregory Soto will symbolize the Detroit Tigers at the All-Star Activity.

The Tigers had quite a few worthy candidates, including relievers Michael Fulmer, Alex Lange and Andrew Chafin, but the remaining-handed closer — with 17 saves in 19 chances — received the honor.

“It truly is very fascinating for me and my loved ones,” Soto reported after Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox. “I’m actually excited to be there and perform for myself, my family members and my group.”

Tigers pitcher Gregory Soto celebrates after the Tigers' 4-1 win over the Guardians in Game 1 of the doubleheader on Monday, July 4, 2022, at Comerica Park.

Soto, who learned the information Sunday early morning, is Detroit’s initial back-to-back All-Star since Miguel Cabrera designed seven straight Midsummer Classics from 2010-16. It is the 1st again-to-back again All-Star nods for a Tigers pitcher since Max Scherzer did it in 2013-14.

Soto is just the third Tigers reliever with back again-to-again All-Star Game titles, subsequent Jose Valverde in 2010-11 and Guillermo (Willie) Hernandez (who did it in 3 straight seasons) in 1984-86.

“I’m likely to keep performing tricky,” the fourth-year player said, “so I can continue to keep likely and going to the All-Star Match.”

The American League and Nationwide League clash at 7 p.m. July 19 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. This is Soto’s next All-Star Sport in his MLB vocation.