Shane Bieber Wins All-Star Game MVP With 100-to-1 Odds

By Paul Shapiro
2019 MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard
2019 MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Shane Bieber is one of the best underdog stories we've seen in a while. After starting the season as the Cleveland Indians' fifth starter, Bieber was named the MVP of the 2019 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

He wasn't even named to the All-Star team until Friday, when he replaced Texas Rangers' starter Mike Minor, and his odds to win the award reflected this.

At 100-to-1 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, Bieber completed a true underdog story in front of his home crowd at Progressive Field last night.

Bieber struck out the side in the fifth inning, getting Chicago Cubs' catcher Willson Contreras, Arizona Diamondbacks' second baseman Ketel Marte and Atlanta Braves' outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. on 19 pitchers (11 strikes).

Bieber is the first pitcher to win All-Star Game MVP since 2013 when New York Yankees' great Mariano Rivera won the award, and Bieber is just the fifth pitcher to do so in the past 40 years.

Bieber is also the third player in the history of the All-Star Game to win MVP in front of his home crowd, joining Pedro Martinez at Fenway Park (1999) and Sandy Alomar Jr., also in Cleveland (1997).

Bieber continues to beat the odds, starting as a walk-on at UC Santa Barbara to the last member of the Indians' rotation, all the way to the 2019 All-Star Game MVP.

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