Terry Francona says Brad Hand should be an All-Star

The Indians' closer has 20 saves this season

James Rapien
June 21, 2019 - 8:21 pm
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 18: Brad Hand #33 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Baltimore Orioles in the eighth inning at Progressive Field on May 18, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Orioles 4-1. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Less than an hour after the fan voting ended for the All-Star Game, Indians manager Terry Francona made it known that closer Brad Hand should represent the Tribe in the 'Midsummer Classic.'

"If Brad Hand’s not an All Star, nobody is," Francona said. "I think it’s safe to say if Brad’s not an All Star, there’s probably not one out there.”

Hand, 29, has been dominant in his first full season in Cleveland. He entered Friday with a 0.86 ERA in 31⅓ innings. He has 20 saves on the season, which is second in the American League. He's allowed three runs all year, the last of which was on May 10. 

Hand was a National League All-Star in each of the past two seasons as a member of the San Diego Padres.

He obviously won't start for the American League, even if he is an All-Star. Carlos Santana is their only hope of having an All-Star starter this season. He's a finalist to start at first base for the American League. 

Santana advances to the Election Day vote on June 26 that will determine the starters for the July 9 All-Star Game at Progressive Field. If he isn't voted in, then the Indians won't have a starter in the game.