CINCINNATI,, Ohio -- The Indians will be represented at the All-Star game in Phoenix, Ariz. on July 12 by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, closer Chris Perez and manager Manny Acta.
Cabrera is having a career season. He's hitting .294 (98-for-333) with 14 homers and 49 RBI.
"He's been our most consistent player in the first half," said manager Manny Acta. "He's won many games for us in many different ways. . .from the squeeze, a single, double, triple, homer. . .you name it. And he's been really good defensively."
The fans voted Derek Jeter as the AL's starting shortstop. Cabrera, however, is having the best overall offensive season of any AL shortstop.
"Jeter is a great player, one of the best shortstop in the game," said Cabrera. "If I don't get to start, that's fine. I'm just happy to go."
Perez, who trained at the IMG Academy baseball program, heads one of the best bullpens in baseball. He's 2-3 with a 2.37 ERA with 19 saves in 20 chances.
"He's perfect for this role," said Acta. "This year he looks calmer and under control. He's still aggressive with a short memory. He hasn't had to use that short memory much this year.
"The thing about Chris is that he's had a lot of one-run saves. We're not talking about three-run saves against the bottom of the order. He's got a lot of one-run saves with the heart of the order up. Those are legit."
Perez is 10-for-11 in one-run save situations this year and 19-for-20 going back to last season.
Bob Wickman was the last Indians closer to be named an All-Star in 2005. Before that it was Jose Mesa in 1996.
Perez, activated on Sunday from the bereavement list, wasn't available for comment. He was returning from his grandmother's funeral Florida and wasn't scheduled to land in Cincinnati until 1:15 p.m.
The last time the Indians had two All-Stars was 2008 when Grady Sizemore and Cliff Lee went. Lee was the starting pitcher that game, the final All-Star game at old Yankee Stadium.
Acta was picked for the AL coaching staff by manager Ron Washington in spring training.
The will be the first All-Star game appearance for Cabrera, Perez and Acta.