Yesterday, Major League Baseball announced who was going to start the 84th Major League All-Star game, and as you could expect, none of the Yankees are starting due to the fan vote. However, Major League Baseball will announce the reserves for the All-Star teams tonight on ESPN. The All-Star Game will be held on July 14th at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati,Ohio.
The reserve vote is by the players and the managers, but the Yankees have five legitimate candidates that should be at least considered for the All-Star Game.
1B Mark Teixeira (.243/.356/.532, 20 HR, 59 RBI): There’s no doubt Mark Teixeira deserves to be considered, but him being at a position where there are plenty of players with good numbers could be the reason Teixeira isn’t selected. He’s definitely been one of the Yankees biggest run producers this season and if he’s not selected due to a deep class at first base, it’s a shame. But Miguel Cabrera can’t play in the All-Star Game due to being on the DL, so that’s increases Teixeira’s chances, right?
3B Alex Rodriguez (.284/.390/.513, 16 HR, 47 RBI): No one was expecting Alex Rodriguez to come back after missing an entire season and producing the way he has. Rodriguez along with Teixeira could be hefty candidates for Comeback Player of the Year, due to their different struggles last season. Unfortunately, Rodriguez was suspended for his involvement in a drug scandal which could be why players won’t vote him into the All-Star Game. If the players won’t do it, will Ned Yost (manager of the American League All-Stars) vote him in?
C Brian McCann (.261/.332/.471, 13 HR, 52 RBI): Brian McCann has been one of the best catchers in the American League, but he’s not going to start the All-Star Game due to the fan vote. While McCann’s offense has been impressive, McCann’s Gold Glove type defense is what’s getting him noticed; McCann has improved his mechanics behind the plate, which has enabled him to throw out more runners.
OF Brett Gardner (.297/.373/.481, 9 HR, 39 RBI): If you’re judging by WAR and OPS, Gardner is one of the top players in the American League among his position. But Gardner had been on a tear all of June, which had not only raised his batting average significantly but also has allowed him to raise his OBP. Every year, there’s a case for Gardner to make the All-Star team, only for him to be denied of the honor. With the season he’s had this year, it’s extremely hard to ignore Gardner deserves to be an All-Star.
RHP Dellin Betances (42 IP, 5-1, 1.50 ERA, 0.857 WHIP, 7 SV): Dellin Betances was an All-Star last season, but didn’t get a chance to play in the All-Star game. However Betances has once again put up All-Star numbers, which should get him into the All-Star game as a member of the bullpen. But if Betances isn’t selected, could this be one of the biggest snubs in All-Star game history?