For the seventh straight year, Clayton Kershaw is an All-Star, though for the second straight year he won’t be pitching in the midsummer classic.
Kershaw was selected by the players as a starting pitcher, receiving the most votes in the National League (349). All-Star starter Max Scherzer received 341 votes to finish second.
Kershaw started Sunday for the Dodgers, making him ineligible to pitch in Tuesday’s game.
Every year from 2011-15, Kershaw pitched exactly one inning in the All-Star Game. After four scoreless appearances, Kershaw allowed two runs in 2015 and got hung with the loss.
Kershaw is 14-2 with a 2.19 ERA in 19 starts, with 157 strikeouts and 22 walks in a major-league-best 132⅓ innings. Kershaw has already allowed a career-high 18 home runs — his FIP (3.01) starts with a three for the first time since 2010 — though 12 have been solo shots.
His 14 wins are three more than Kershaw has had at the All-Star break in any other year.
Kershaw is the only player to make the All-Star team in each of the last seven years, and is the first Dodger to make seven straight All-Star teams since Steve Garvey made eight straight from 1974-81.
Don Drysdale (nine All-Star Games in eight years) is the only other Dodgers pitcher to be named an All-Star in seven different years.