The National League and American League rosters for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game were announced earlier this evening and we predictably saw some high-profile snubs. The Esurance “Final Vote” ballot allows fans to select who they think should have made the cut. Here are the candidates…
- Johnny Cueto SP, Reds (2.84 ERA in 15 starts)
- Jeurys Familia RP, Mets (1.16 ERA, 22 saves)
- Clayton Kershaw SP, Dodgers (3.08 ERA, 147 K in 114 IP)
- Carlos Martinez SP, Cardinals (2.70 ERA)
- Troy Tulowitzki SS, Rockies (.847 OPS)
- Xander Bogaerts SS, Red Sox (.302/.339/.414 batting line)
- Yoenis Cespedes OF, Tigers (.292 with 10 HR, 44 RBI)
- Brian Dozier 2B, Twins (16 HR, .842 OPS)
- Brett Gardner OF, Yankees (.854 OPS, 9 HR, 15 SB)
- Mike Moustakas 3B, Royals (.301/.357/.436 batting line)
Of course, things could change if players get injured or bow out, but as of now Alex Rodriguez (16 HR, .902 OPS) will not be an All-Star this season. He’s clearly worthy from a production standpoint, so it’s a little silly to see him left off here, but let’s not let his exclusion overshadow his teammate Gardner, who deserves to be in Cincinnati as well.
You can vote here through Friday at 4 p.m. ET.
How many of you would’ve guessed six months ago that a New York tabloid would be stumping for Alex Rodriguez to make the All-Star team? I probably would’ve bet my life savings against it, actually. But here it is in today’s New York Post:
. . . if you’re AL manager Ned Yost, whose Royals lost Game 7 of the Series at home last year to the Giants, wouldn’t you want A-Rod as an option coming off your bench? . . . If it is about entertainment, you pick Rodriguez. If it is about a man having the ability to rise to the occasion and winning a ballgame, you pick Rodriguez.
You pick Rodriguez for the American League All-Star team.
There are a lot of throat-clearing paragraphs there in which the writer, Larry Brooks, makes it clear that arguing for A-Rod to make the All-Star team does not constitute an endorsement for him being Evil Incarnate. But still, this is about as close to a love letter the guy has gotten from his local press in a decade or more. And then, at the end, saying he’s a guy with “the ability to rise to the occasion?” Wowzers.
I’m still skeptical that A-Rod will make it. The Yankees don’t have a starter and will need someone selected, but I’ll believe it will be Rodriguez only when I see it. Mark Teixeira is having a good year and now that Miguel Cabrera is out there will be room for another first baseman. Dellin Betances is having a great year and, given how All-Star rosters work, it’s way easier to make it as a reliever than a position player. Ned Yost has to pick at least one guy from every team and has a limited number of slots for someone who really can only hit. I suspect that, plus perhaps some unofficial lobbying against the inclusion of A-Rod by the powers that be will keep him off the team. But whether or not he makes it, it’s definitely remarkable that A-Rod is getting some love from the New York Post.
Now, let’s see the Daily News weigh-in.
Brian McCann played hero in the Bronx last night, launching a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Yankees a wild 7-5 win over the Rays.
The Rays grabbed an early 3-0 lead against Masahiro Tanaka while Chris Archer tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, but Mark Teixeira slugged a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to draw even. The Rays pulled ahead in the top of the 12th on RBI singles from Kevin Kiermaier and Rene Rivera, but Steve Geltz couldn’t hold the lead. Brett Gardner drew a leadoff walk to begin the bottom of the 12th before Chase Headley struck out swinging. However, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira followed with back-to-back singles to bring the Yankees within one run. That brought McCann to the plate:
The Yankees hold a one-game lead in the American League East right now, but the Orioles, Rays, and Blue Jays are all within two games. There’s no clear favorite in this group, so we should probably get used to the drama.
Happy Fourth of July, everyone!
Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:
Marlins 2, Cubs 1
Rays 5, Yankees 7 (12 innings)
Indians 5, Pirates 2
Blue Jays 6, Tigers 8
Giants 1, Nationals 2
Astros 12, Red Sox 8
Brewers 12, Reds 1
Angels 8, Rangers 2
Phillies 1, Braves 2
Orioles 0, White Sox 1
Padres 2, Cardinals 1
Twins 2, Royals 3 (10 innings)
Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 4 (10 innings)
Mariners 9, Athletics 5
Mets 2, Dodgers 1