That’s pretty much true if you’re a New York Yankee. Six of the nine AL position players leading in the voting hail from the Bronx Bombers. A friend advised me of this earlier in the week with the end note of (loosely translated) “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!” I would have to agree.
The entire infield has a familiar look for Yankees fans: Martin, Teixeira, Cano, Rodriguez and Jeter, for those of you scoring at home, with Granderson anchoring the outfield.
Jeter, who is having one of the worst years of his career, leads the Tribe’s Asdrubal Cabrera by 250,000 votes. Granderson, on the other hand, is having a breakout year and would be a first-time All-Star.
The world leader in home runs, Jose Bautista, has the most votes overall. The Rangers Michael Young and Boston’s Big Papi are battling it out for the DH spot, while Young’s teammate Josh Hamilton is on his way to a starting spot in the outfield.
How, do you ask, is it ok for a bunch of players from one team, all of whom are batting *under* .300 to dominate the AL All-Star roster? If you had ask me a few years ago, I would have said it was totally fine. I’ve always been a fan of the fans. If the majority of MLB faithful want to see a favorite player who might not be producing, so be it. The manager gets to fill out the roster, so he eventually has his input too.
This year, however, it strikes an awkward chord. Tampa Bay and Boston are right in the AL East hunt, but yet, are almost nowhere to be seen in the voting. Never mind the incredible season that Cleveland is having – no one seems to want to see any Indians in the mid-summer classic.
During GMS III’s time at the helm of the Yankees, he actively discouraged the organization campaigning for its players to be elected to the All-Star Game. He considered it a nuisance at best and an absolute liability at worst. Since his decline and eventual passing, the Yankees have thrown their weight behind getting votes for the Bombers, and even hosted the All-Star Game. It’s a whole new ballgame, as they say.
Am I against an All-Bomber squad? The girl who grew up a Yankees fan in me says no way, and I’m sure earlier on I would have been thrilled with this situation, however the baseball fan in me says something’s got to give. There are some great players not in Pinstripes who deserve a shot to start, too. Here’s hoping that they will get there.
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Written by Stephanie Geosits