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Chicago White Sox pitcher Garrett Crochet earns first All-Star selection

First All-Star selection for White Sox pitcher Garrett Crochet
First All-Star selection for White Sox pitcher Garrett Crochet 01:20

CHICAGO (CBS) – Despite being on pace for a dismal 100-plus losses this season, the Chicago White Sox are celebrating a first-time All-Star in pitcher Garrett Crochet.

He beat the odds going from the bullpen to a starter and now, the mid-summer show.

Crochet's phone has not been quiet since being named an All-Star for the first time.

The White Sox ace said he's gotten a number of texts from former teammates and coaches, but has simply trusted the work he's been putting in going back to when he was fighting for a rotation spot in spring training.

"I didn't necessarily expect this to, my first year starting to go this way, but you know I'm really happy with where I'm at," Crochet said. "My confidence is in a good place. I feel really good with my stuff."

Major League Baseball's strikeouts leader is aware of trade rumors, but Crochet remained focused on helping this White Sox team.

"Obviously I pay attention to it," he said. "I see it. I hear it all the time, but you know I still gotta perform. I wise person told me, 'You know, every time that you take the mound, you play for every team in the league.' And that's just the fact of the matter. You never know what could happen in this business."

Manager Pedro Grifol said all major league teams would want a Garrett Crochet, adding "there is a business side to all this," when asked about a possible trade.

The White Sox were set to open a homestand against the Minnesota Twins starting on Monday.

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