It has been 12 years since the last time a former Terp has been selected to an MLB All-Star game. Tonight, pitcher Brett Cecil stops that drought as he will take the field with the rest of the American League All-Stars. Cecil, a left-handed reliever, will look for an opportunity to give the AL some solid work out of the bullpen, something he has been able to do often for the Toronto Blue Jays this season. Cecil burst onto the scene this year making an immediate impact after it was uncertain that he would even make the Blue Jays opening day roster. Since then, it has been all business for the 27-year-old. In the first half of this season, during a Toronto win-streak that lasted 11 games, Cecil broke the Blue Jays club record for consecutive batters retired with 43. The previous record was set by David Cone with 36.
Brett Cecil joins Eric Milton, and Charlie Keller as the only three Terps to ever make an All-Star game appearance. Milton, a left-handed starting pitcher, was selected for the game in 2001, a season where he went an impressive 15-7. Milton also pitched a no-hitter on September 11, 1999 for the Minnesota Twins and is now the baseball coach at local Severna Park High School. Outfielder Charlie Keller is the only former Terp to be selected to multiple All-Star games, and is also the only Terp to be on a World Series Championship team. Keller, who played alongside Joe DiMagio and Tommy Henrich in the Yankee outfield, was selected to five All-Star games and was a four time World Series champion.
Cecil’s selection to the All-Star game is a huge honor and achievement because middle-relievers are rarely selected for the game. We wish Brett Cecil the best of luck tonight!