“Final Vote” balloting opens for 2015 MLB All-Star Game

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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…

National League

  • 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)

American League

  • 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.

Robinson Canó benched for lack of hustle

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Mets second baseman Robinson Canó is not in the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the division rival Nationals. Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, it’s punishment for failing to run hard on a pair of double plays over the weekend against the Marlins.

Manager Mickey Callaway said, “He understands that it’s unacceptable to not run balls out. He understands that he needs to do that at all times.”

Canó first gaffe came in the top of the seventh inning on Friday, with his team trailing 7-3. Facing Adam Conley, Canó hit a grounder back to the pitcher, who turned a 1-6-3 double play. Canó was only halfway up the first base line when the throw got to first base.

In the fourth inning on Sunday, with the game still scoreless, Canó tapped a Sandy Alcantara pitch in the dirt. Thinking it was foul, Canó didn’t run, but catcher Chad Wallach charged and grabbed the ball while it was still in fair territory. He threw to second base for the force out and then the ball was easily whipped to first base to complete the double play as Canó still thought it was foul.

This likely wouldn’t be as big a deal as it currently is if Canó were actually producing at the plate and if the Mets weren’t in a freefall. Canó has a .245/.293/.374 batting line on the season. Meanwhile, the Mets are 20-25 and riding a five-game losing streak which includes having been shut out in each of their last two games.