Ron Washington picks Fernando Rodney as All-Star closer

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Fernando Rodney simply making the All-Star team at age 35 and after five consecutive seasons with an ERA higher than 4.00 is amazing enough, but apparently he’ll also be asked to close out the game if the American League has a ninth-inning lead.

Rodney told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that AL manager Ron Washington has already said he’s in line for the save opportunity, getting the nod over fellow closers Joe Nathan, Ryan Cook, Jim Johnson, and Chris Perez. That’s somewhat surprising considering Nathan is Washington’s closer for the Rangers and is having an incredible season himself with a 1.73 ERA, 18 saves, and a 45/4 K/BB ratio in 36 innings.

Of course, Rodney has a 0.93 ERA, 25 saves, and a 38/5 K/BB ratio in 39 innings, so it’s tough to go wrong either way. And maybe Washington just really wants to see Rodney do his post-save “shooting an arrow” celebration on a national stage.

Mariano Rivera closed out the American League’s last All-Star victory in 2009.

Randal Grichuk slams Tim Anderson, then retreats

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Yesterday’s unwritten rules display between the Royals and the White Sox was just as tiresome as all of the other ones have become. A batter does something exuberant, the pitcher gets his Jockeys in a bunch over it and throws at him, benches clear, the pitcher later lies about his intentions, and then all of the armchair badasses decide to talk about decorum and whatnot.

Among yesterday’s armchair badasses was a current big league player, Randal Grichuk, who tweeted this just after Tim Anderson got thrown at in the Royals game:

Later, the guy he was clearly talking about — Anderson — replied to Grichuk:

In response, Grichuk acted like he’d never been in an internet argument before, not even one time:

“Yeah, I was talking to, um, that OTHER GUY who was doing what I don’t like. Not you, who moments before I tweeted that was involved in a fracas about pimping home runs.”

Everyone’s a badass until you call them out on it. Then they run for cover.