White Sox' Lance Lynn, Carlos Rodón, Liam Hendriks make All-Star team

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Lynn, Hendriks and Rodón are headed for All-Star Weekend originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Major League Baseball announced its All-Star rosters on Sunday, and three South Side pitchers made the American League cut.

Liam Hendriks, Carlos Rodón and Lance Lynn will represent the White Sox in Denver at the 2021 MLB All-Star Game on July 13 at Coors Field. Each, a no-brainer.

Hendriks, who made his first All-Star team in 2019 with the Oakland Athletics, leads the American League in saves with 21. And while he’s unquestionably worthy of the selection, Hendriks is aware that the optical success of a closer often depends his starters.

“Lance and Carlos deserve this,” Hendriks said before the teams’ 6-5 loss to Detroit on Sunday. “They’ve had outstanding years, and I happen to be riding their coattails a little bit. It still means a lot to me, not only because it’s my second, but I’m the first Australian to ever go to two.”

Lynn (8-3) has a real shot at starting the game. The right-hander has the second-lowest ERA (2.02) in the league and the third-best BAA (.190). He’s given up the least amount of earned runs, too.

The self-proclaimed “big bastard” made his first All-Star appearance in 2012, when his daughter was just an infant. Now that his children are older, he’s excited to fully share the All-Star experience with them.

“Obviously, it wouldn’t have happened without the team behind me and everything that they’ve been able to do for me,” Lynn told reporters on Friday. “But if I get that opportunity, that’d be awesome for my family and I to be able to enjoy it together.”

As for Rodón (6-3), this’ll be his first rodeo. And like most things involving the White Sox this year, it’s a pretty incredible story.

Rodón was drafted No. 3 overall by the White Sox in 2014 and made his major league debut the following year. The southpaw pitched a few passable seasons before undergoing shoulder surgery in 2017 and then Tommy John surgery in 2019. After a wretched 2020 in which he pitched just four games, he was non-tendered and then re-signed to a one-year, $3 million contract – a widely criticized decision.

Today, he flaunts the third-lowest ERA (2.37), the second-best BAA (.177) and has given up the fewest number of hits in the American League.

White Sox’ position players were shut out of this year’s All-Star Game, which is pretty remarkable for a top-five statistically ranked offensive. But for a team that’s lost 9 of its last 15 games, a few days' rest could be just what the doctor prescribed.

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