LOS ANGELES — A pair of Dodgers made the 2016 Sporting News National League All-Star team, with shortstop Corey Seager and closer Kenley Jansen getting so honored on Wednesday.
The group of NL All-Stars was chosen by a group of 27 NL executives at the end of the regular season.
Seager, who was named the Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year on Monday, hit .308/.365/.512 with 26 home runs and 40 doubles, leading the Dodgers in hits (193), runs scored (105), doubles, total bases (321), batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS.
Seager is the first Dodgers shortstop to make the Sporting News All-Star team since Bill Russell in 1973. The Sporting News has been naming All-Star teams since 1925 — MLB only through 1960, AL and NL teams starting in 1961 — and the only other Dodgers shortstops to be so honored were Pee Wee Reese (1953) and Maury Wills (1961-62, 1965).
Jansen is the second Dodgers relief pitcher to be a Sporting News All-Star, and the first since Eric Gagne in 2003.
Jansen put up a 1.83 ERA and 1.44 FIP in 71 games, along with 104 strikeouts against only 11 walks in 68⅔ innings. He set a career high with 47 saves in 53 attempts (88.7%) in 2016, and during the season became the Dodgers all-time leader in saves (189) and strikeouts by a relief pitcher (632).
The Dodgers placed two players on the Sporting News NL All-Star team for the first time since 2014, when pitcher Clayton Kershaw and second baseman Dee Gordon was so honored.