Less than a year later, Humber has pitched well enough to deserve serious consideration for the
But unfortunately for him, Humber probably will get crowded off the All-Star roster. This is a banner season for AL starting pitchers. Only about 10 starters will be picked for the team, and Humber is in a group of 23 who entered the weekend with at least eight victories or an ERA below 3.00.
It may be little consolation after teams are announced Sunday, but he's on the Tribune's list of baseball's unsung All-Stars. Here are the others:
Attendance is up 17 percent, but that's not the truest reflection of the increased interest. That indication is a 34 percent improvement in television ratings.
The Pirates are trying to have their first winning season since 1992.
"We haven't done anything,'' said Walker, who grew up 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh. "We haven't proven anything to anybody, but I know a lot of people have said to a lot of us in this clubhouse, 'Thanks for making us Pirates fans again.'"