Carlos Quentin headed to All-Star Game
CHICAGO -- On a day to celebrate his second career All-Star honor, Carlos Quentin was struggling with some mixed feelings.
Paul Konerko, the Chicago White Sox's leader in a number of offensive categories, was not voted to play in the July 12 All-Star Game at Arizona. Quentin was, in fact, the only White Sox player named to the American League squad Sunday, as both Phil Humber and Sergio Santos were overlooked as well.
Quentin made the team based on votes from fellow players. Heading into play Sunday, Quentin was tied for third in the AL in RBIs from outfielders with 49, behind just Jose Bautista (55) and Curtis Granderson (57). His 17 home runs were fourth most.
"It's unexpected, honestly," Quentin said. "They told me, and I was shocked. I thank the players that showed me enough respect to vote for me. That means a lot to me. At the same time, to be honest, the guy carrying this team offensively all year was Paul Konerko. There are some mixed feelings there. There's some hope that he gets added. I hope the powers that be can do that. He's the man on this team."
Konerko was one of five overlooked players that can be voted as the final roster addition. Balloting for that spot closes Thursday at 3 p.m. CST and can be done at mlb.com or at whitesox.com.
"I haven't talked to (Quentin) other than I congratulated him," said Konerko, who entered play Sunday with a .317 batting average, 21 home runs and 62 RBIs. "He should go. You look at look at the whole body of work in the first half, he was right up there with anybody. The fact of the matter he was voted in by the players so that's the best way in my opinion."
Quentin will be going to the All-Star Game held in the stadium of the organization that traded him away after the 2007 season, but he claims to take no satisfaction from showing them what they're missing out on.
"Nah, I've never said anything bad about the Diamondbacks. Never will," Quentin said. "It's baseball. It's the way things turn out some times. I've just been very fortunate to be in the position where I can play on the field and get a chance to play every day, and that's all I've ever focused on."
Humber was not selected as an All-Star pitcher despite an 8-4 record and a 2.69 ERA in 17 appearances (15 starts). Santos, who has emerged as the White Sox's closer, has 18 saves and a 2.93 ERA in 34 appearances.
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com.