American League Snubs Alex Rodriguez for All-Star Game
This year, the A in A-Rod doesn’t stand for all-star.
As a diehard New York Mets fan, I am the last person to defend New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez, especially given the fact of his past PED use, and subsequent lying about it. But, after not landing a spot on the American League All-Star squad, it’s hard not to empathize with him just a little bit.
Of course it was predictable, as it’s known throughout Major League Baseball that Rodriguez has ruffled a few feathers during his career (think opting out of his $252 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees during the 2007 World Series, which the rival Red Sox won).
Nevertheless, like him or not, his numbers warrant an all-star nod: .280 avg., 16 home runs and 47 RBI, with .387 OBP and .505 SLG. percentage through 78 games. Furthermore, he has behaved all season long, and even said he would walk to Cincinnati if selected to the AL team.
All-star voting is flawed in every way, as several unwarranted players throughout its history have been voting in by the fans.
Case in point: this season, Kansas City Royals fans stuffed the online ballot box to the gills. Four Royals were voted into the AL starting lineup in the form of catcher Salvador Perez, shortstop Alcides Escobar and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon.
I’m not saying they don’t all deserve it, but Yankees catcher Brian McCann is having a better campaign, evident by his .261/13 HR/53 RBI line, as opposed to Perez’s .262/13 HR/34 RBI slash.
Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas currently leads a field of five players – Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, Detroit Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner and Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts – in AL all-star voting for the last spot.
While Moustakas is having a solid season, with a .301 batting average, seven home runs and 31 RBI, a valid argument can be made for Gardner (.296, nine homers, 39 RBI and 15 SB) as more deserving of the honor.
As for Rodriguez, at least he didn’t blow himself up on the Fourth of July, or get caught smoking pot. And hey, he can always rest his head on a huge pile of cash to help him take solace in the snub.