Lucas Duda, who set career highs with 30 home runs and 92 RBI for the Mets this season, has been named to the Major League Baseball All-Star team that will be traveling to Japan for a five-game series from November 12-18 against Japan’s National Team.
“It’s an honor for me to be part of this team,” said Duda, who finished third in the NL in home runs and fifth in RBI. “I hear the stadiums will be packed and the atmosphere will be off the charts. It should be a great experience.”
The MLB team will work out for two days at Dodger Stadium and then fly to Okinawa. The US All-Stars will be managed by John Farrell of the Red Sox.
The MLB team will play its first game on November 12 at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka. The final contest is November 18 at the Sapporo Dome in Sapporo.
Duda, who led the Mets with 13-game winning RBI, also paced the team with a .301 batting average with runners in scoring position.
“I already have put what happened this year out of my mind,” said Duda. “I just want to keep on improving and getting better. I just want to do my part and help us get into the playoffs.”
The Mets also announced that righthanded pitchers Bobby Parnell and Matt Harvey were reinstated from the 60-Day Disabled List. The club outrighted lefthanded pitchers Scott Rice and Dana Eveland, righthanded pitcher Buddy Carlyle and infielder Josh Satin to Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. In addition, outfielder Andrew Brown was claimed off waivers by Oakland and catcher Juan Centeno was claimed by Milwaukee. Outfielder Bobby Abreu and righthanded pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka also officially became free agents. The Mets 40-man roster is at 34.