Yesterday, Major League Baseball announced the players going to Minnesota for the All-Star game on July 15th, and while every player who has performed well can’t make the roster, there was still the occasional snub here and there. That saying goes for some of the Yankees on the team. Sure, the Yankees as a team haven’t been performing well, but there were two particular players that did deserve at least some consideration.
Brett Gardner: Derek Jeter was the Yankees position player chosen to go to Minnesota, but Jeter wasn’t the player that was the most consistent all year. The only Yankee who showed any consistency on the team this was Brett Gardner. I know he’s not a power hitter and I know he’s not the most popular player in the Major Leagues, but Gardner is an All-Star in his own right and he’s shown that power is not the only way to win ball games.
His OBP is .359, so what does that mean? He gets on base. He has the highest WAR on the Yankees, so what does that mean? He saved runs with his defense. He’s the Yankees best hitter with RISP (runners in scoring position) so what does that mean? He’s a clutch hitter. Baseball fans have a mindset where power is the only way you become an All-Star, but Gardner brings a whole other game to the table and it’s a shame he’s not recognized for it.
David Robertson: David Robertson is Mariano Rivera‘s successor and I must say he has done an amazing job as the closer. Robertson had one bad outing against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium but he saved 21 games in 23 attempts, not to mention he already has 54 strikeouts on the season, which is the third best in the American League. He had 77 strikeouts all of last season and had 100 strikeouts in his All-Star year in 2011.
What I think was Robertson’s undoing was the resurgence of Dellin Betances. Once Betances came onto the scene and started dominating hitters while on the mound, Robertson was possibly the farthest thing from the fans minds. It also probably didn’t help that the Yankees hadn’t been winning everyday, so Robertson couldn’t really get enough opportunities to come into games. Fans were lucky just to see him in three games during the same week.
Derek Jeter, Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances making the All-Star team was great, but in my honest opinion, David Robertson and Brett Gardner also deserve to be on the team.