Voting for the 2015 All-Star game ended yesterday, and due to the fan vote, no Yankee will start at any position during the 86th Midsummer Classic, airing July 14th on FOX at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. However, the Yankees do need a representative for the Midsummer classic and while eyes are on Dellin Betances to possibly take his second All-Star nod, is it possible the Yankees could send one of their position players to Cincinnati as well?
There are many worthy candidates for the All-Star game; Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Brian McCann to name a few. But unfortunately first base, DH and catcher are usually filled with players who are deserving which could cause Teixeira, Rodriguez and McCann to be overlooked. However, one player on the Yankees has worked his way into the All-Star game conversation, and that happens to be Brett Gardner.
From June 17 to July 3rd, Gardner has raised his batting average by 41 points, and went on such a hot streak that he was named the American League Player of the Week last week. In 73 games with the Yankees, Gardner is hitting .304/.373/.495 with nine homers, 39 RBI’s and a .868 OPS–Gardner’s .868 OPS leads all left fielders in the position and ranks 25th in all of Major League Baseball. Not only is Gardner one of the leaders in OPS, but he’s also one of the leaders in WAR (3.24), which ranks him 25th in all of Major League Baseball.
Gardner has more than proved that he’s All-Star material, but unfortunately he tends to get overlooked year after year. He’s not a power hitter and he’s not going to drive in 100 runs a season, but he gets on base, creates havoc on the base paths, plays exceptional defense and is able to jump start a Yankees offense with one swing of the bat. Whether he’s a Major League All-Star this season is debatable–we’ll leave that up to the players and the managers–but he has surely been an All-Star for the Yankees, and it would be nice to see Gardner rewarded for his exceptional play during the first half of the 2015 season.