Former Pilot Justin Masterson Named to MLB All-Star Team

Former Pilot Justin Masterson, starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson was named to the American League All-Star team for the MLB All-Star Game, which was played on July 16 at Citi Field in New York City.

Masterson, a Pilot standout from 2003-2005, currently ranks in the top 10 in seven pitching categories, including 1st in all of the MLB in games started (20), decisions (17), and shutouts (3).  He also ranks 2nd in complete games with 3, 4th in innings pitched with 135 and 5th in Strikeouts with 137.  The All-Star rosters were announced on July 6th and Masterson was informed that day as they prepared for a game with their Central Division rival Detroit.  "Terry Francona called me into the office acting as if he wanted to talk about the game the night before and then asked if I would feel better if I had made the All-Star team," said Masterson. "In my mind I was just preparing to head home for a couple days and get a little breather, so it was a pleasant surprise to learn that I would be an All-Star."

Though Masterson's All-Star selection has surely taken his professional status to another level, he shines even more off the field where he continues to live out his faith in Christ in an active and open way – something that doesn't always bode well in the community of professional athletes. Click here to read the full story on