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Mark Melancon Named to All-Star Game

Mark Melancon Named to All-Star Game

Mark Melancon has been one of the NL's best relief pitchers in 2013. (Photo by: David Hague)

Pirates reliever Mark Melancon was named to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game as an injury replacement, chosen by National League manager Bruce Bochy.

"I'm very humbled and excited to go," Melancon said. "This is just a really cool moment. It takes your teammates to get to this game."

Melancon owns an NL-reliever-best 0.81 ERA during his first season in Pittsburgh. Jason Grilli's setup man is second in the league to the Pirates closer with a 1.62 reliever FIP. The 28-year-old was not originally selected to the NL team but found out Saturday he would be traveling to New York to participate in his first All-Star Game.

"These last 24 hours have been cruising by fast," Melancon said.

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James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards.

He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism.

James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It’s there that he promises to write in the first-person.

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