By Jason Shetler
The rosters for the 2016 All-Star Game in San Diego were announced on Tuesday. Pirates closer Mark Melancon has been named to his third All-Star team.
Melancon made his first All-Star appearance in 2013, his first season in Pittsburgh after being acquired from the Boston Red Sox as part of the Joel Hanrahan trade. His second selection came last year, a season in which had a Major League leading 51 saves.
2016 has been stellar again to this point for Melancon, as he’s posted a 1.31 ERA, which is second lowest among National League closers behind only Kenley Jansen of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s also converted 25 saves in 26 opportunities. Melancon becomes the first Pirates reliever to be named an All-Star three times since Elroy Face (1959-1961).