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Felipe Vazquez Added To NL All Star Team

The Pirates Closer will join Josh Bell in Cleveland next week

July 06, 2019 - 4:48 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Prior to the game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday afternoon at PNC Park, it was announced that Pirates Closer Felipe Vazquez was added to the NL All Star Team, along with Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher Brandon Woodruff.

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Vazquez and Woodruff replace Zack Greinke (Personal Reason) of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Brewers Closer Josh Hader (Back Stiffness, according to MLB.Com Brewers Reporter Adam McCalvy).

Vazquez didn't lose hope that he would be named to the NL All Star Roster and it came as a late birthday present for him Saturday.

"I think hope is the last thing you lose and I was hoping either today, tomorrow, probably Monday whatever happens it happens, it comes out on Saturday so you know I just take it," said Vazquez.

Vazquez is 2-1 with a 2.19 ERA and 19 saves in 34 appearances so far in 2019. This is Vazquez's second consecutive year representing the Pirates in the All Star game.

Vazquez will join Pirates First Baseman Josh Bell in Cleveland next week as the Pirates representatives this year. Bell will also participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday and his first round matchup will be against Ronald Acuna, Jr. of the Atlanta Braves.

"My first year I didn't have an actual roommate in there, so it was kind of awkard cheering for all the guys," said Vazquez. "But, then this year you know I actually have Josh, I'll hand him a gaterade or something (during the Derby). I'm going to be there for him."

The PM Team of Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller are hitting the road on Monday as they will be broadcasting LIVE from Fat Heads Beer in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.

Listen to Closer Felipe Vazquez's conversation with media postgame Saturday below:

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