Gunnar Henderson selected as starter for MLB All-Star Game

Published 10:05 am Sunday, July 7, 2024

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The City of Selma will have its first-ever starter in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 16.

Baltimore Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson was selected as a starter in fan voting, which ESPN announced on July 3. The All-Star game will be played on July 16 at 7 p.m. at Globe Life Field and televised by FOX. The 2019 Morgan Academy graduate edged Henderson owned 65% of the vote, beating Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. for his first All-Star appearance. 

“I’m very humbled and blessed to be the starter,” Henderson told The Baltimore Banner. “It’s awesome being able to be able to do this in my second full year, so I’m very humbled and truly blessed.  I feel like it’s just kind of a testament to the hard work that not only myself has put in but just the hitting coaches, the infield coaches and just all the development stuff. And the work still continues to come, but I feel like it’s pretty cool to be acknowledged for that.”

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The 23-year-old Henderson will also compete in the Home Run Derby at 7 p.m. on July 15 televised by ESPN.

Henderson has hit 27 homers this season, second in the American League.  The AL Rookie of the Year last season also has 60 RBI and scored 75 runs. 

The Selma Times-Journal’s baseball player of the year in 2019, Henderson thanks his family for their support.  His parents Allen Henderson and Kerry Henderson,  brothers Jackson Henderson and Cade Henderson, attend Orioles games. 

“They’ve been supporting me my whole career,” Henderson told The Baltimore Banner, “and it’ll be pretty cool to share this moment with them.”