July 3, 2007
Former Butler pitching ace Pat Neshek is one of five players in contention for the final roster spot on the 2007 American League All-Star Team. The Minnesota Twins relief pitcher joins Jeremy Bonderman of Detroit, Kelvin Escobar of Los Angeles, Roy Halladay of Toronto and Hideki Okajima of Boston as Final Vote candidates for this year's Midsummer Classic, which will be held in San Francisco on July 10.
The final All-Star player will be determined by a vote of baseball fans. The on-line voting at MLB.com will continue through 5 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, July 5 and the winner will be announced shortly thereafter.
This season with the Twins, Neshek has compiled a 3-0 record with a 1.37 earned run average in 39 1/3 innings of work. His .124 batting average against is the lowest among American League relief pitchers, and his 47 strikeouts rank second. He has allowed just 16 hits!
Neshek was a star pitcher for the Bulldogs, 2000-02. He still holds Butler's single game (18 vs. Detroit, 4/15/01), single season (118, 2001) and career (280, 2000-02) records for strikeouts.
Butler fans wishing to vote for Neshek can go to MLB.com or directly to the voting link: http://www.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2007/fv/ballot.html