I was waiting around Monday evening to see the rosters unveiled for the 2015 All-Star Game, but I came away unfulfilled due to one notable omission of one of the NY locals.
It is a travesty that Alex Rodriguez is not getting the chance to represent the American League next Tuesday.
I understand the American League has two very worthy DH candidates. Nelson Cruz deserves to be the starter, Prince Fielder deserves to go as well, but there should absolutely be a place for A-Rod on this roster.
The numbers don’t lie.
A-Rod’s first-half numbers are more than all-star worthy. A .280 batting average with 16 bombs and 47 RBIs is very impressive, but if you go beyond the basic statistics, A-Rod’s advanced stats are even more eye-popping.
In the entire American League, Rodriguez is sixth in on-base percentage and eighth in on-base plus slugging. These may numbers mean very little to the casual baseball fan, but realize A-Rod is the only player ranked in the top 10 for both categories who won’t be represented in the All-Star game next Tuesday.
How in the world does that make sense?
A-Rod’s value this year to the Yankees goes beyond statistics. You can easily make the case that Brian McCann and 2015 all-star Mark Texiera’s bounce-back campaigns are a direct result of having the presence of A-Rod in the lineup.
It’s a remarkable comeback for a variety of reasons, especially considering Alex Rodriguez was public enemy #1 heading into the season.
Rightfully so, might I add.
He lied, he cheated, he embarrassed the Yankees uniform. A-Rod had prove to the baseball world that he still had a little gas left in the tank.
He’s beyond exceeded any preseason expectation any realistic baseball fan could have had for a 40-year-old slugger, who sat out a full season and was no longer able to use performance-enhancing drugs.
A-Rod has been a star for the Yankees in 2015, but to his credit, he has also been a model citizen off the field.
Between the HR bonus, the charitable donations and the contributions to youth baseball programs, he’s batting 1.000 off the field.
I honestly didn’t think that was possible.
I understand A-Rod’s place in history will forever be tarnished. No argument, but when it comes to the 2015 All-Star Game, it’s about the present.
Steroid cheats Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Yasmani Grandal are all participating in this year’s game. So the idea that A-Rod’s snub was a direct result of past PED use is just nonsense.
The All Star Game is a chance to showcase baseball’s best storylines of the first half of the season.
The Astros, The Royals, Bryce Harper and the ridiculous young talent will be on full display.
It’s just unfortunate the other gigantic storyline in the first half of this year will be sitting on his couch at home.