Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez has been selected to his sixth-straight All-Star Game, Major League Baseball announced tonight on ESPN’s “Camping World All-Star Selection Show.” Perez, along with Assistant Athletic Trainer, Kyle Turner, will represent the Royals at the 89th Midsummer Classic, which is set for Tuesday, July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Perez, 28, becomes the second player in franchise history to be named an All-Star as many as six times (2013-18), joining George Brett, who was a 13-time All-Star (1976-88). He is one of five players to be named to each All-Star Game since 2013, joining Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona), Chris Sale (Chicago White Sox, Boston),Max Scherzer (Detroit, Washington) and Mike Trout (LA Angels).
Salvy has 11 home runs and 34 RBI this season, while batting .213. Since coming off the disabled list on April 24, his home runs and extra-base hits (21) are most among American League catchers (min. 10 games caught) and his 34 RBI rank second to Tampa Bay’s Wilson Ramos (42). He’s thrown out 11 of 27 would-be base stealers, which is tied for fourth in the Major Leagues, while he’s also tied for the American League lead in pickoffs (2), just two behind Major League leaderWillson Contreras (4).