Shane Bieber wins All-Star Game MVP

The 24-year-old struck out the side in the fifth inning

James Rapien
July 09, 2019 - 10:31 pm
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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Shane Bieber didn’t expect to play in the ‘Midsummer Classic’ this season. He didn’t find out he was an All-Star until manager Terry Francona sat down with him and told him the news on July 5.

Bieber was ecstatic and that excitement carried over to the field on Tuesday night, as he became the second player in Indians' history to win the Most Valuable Player Award in an All-Star Game. Sandy Alomar Jr. was the other, who won the award in 1997.

The 24-year-old struck out the side in the fifth inning, becoming just the second pitcher in history to strike out the side in his first All-Star Game in his home ballpark. Bobby Shantz was the first player to do it in 1952.

"I didn't really know what to think. Kind of lost all feeling in my body," Bieber said. "It's an incredible feeling now that it's kind of sinking in. Just to be able to do it in front of the home crowd and my first All-Star Game is definitely not something I expected, especially being added to the game five days ago, four or five days ago."

Chants of “Let’s Go Bieber!” echoed throughout the ballpark as the right-hander prepared to deliver a 3-2 pitch to Ronald Acuna Jr. Bieber froze the Braves star and crowd erupted in celebration. He’s the first Indians pitcher to strike out the side in All-Star Game history.

Bieber ranks eighth in Major League Baseball with 141 strikeouts. He's averaging 11.3 punch outs per nine innings. 

“Now that I’m here, I expect to make it a few more times," he said on Monday. "Not just for the credentials of it and not just to say I’m an All-Star. You get here for a reason and that’s by having a good year and helping your team win. I think that’s the biggest thing.”

Bieber has helped the Indians win this season. He's 8-3 with a 3.45 ERA and continues to impress those around him. 

His teammates and coaches know how much time he puts in to have success. 

"Baseball is a funny game. You do all you can to prepare and go out there and you expect yourself to do well, but you can do everything right and not get the results you want," Bieber said. So really just trying to be as consistent as I can with my prep work and my mentality and my mindset and going into every game five days, just going out and giving the team the best chance to win.

"I think if you do that, things will pan out in the long run and fortunately I was able to do that the most part of the first half."