This was supposed to be Alex Rodriguez’s 14th all-star game appearance.
Derek Jeter’s 12th?
Mariano Rivera’s 12th?
CC Sabathia fifth appearance.
New York Yankees all. None is at the 82nd all-star game.
Rodriguez had knee surgery. The others? They should be here.
Sabathia pitched Sunday and under new all-star rules, anyone who starts Sunday is excluded from the game. But Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander, a Sunday starter, is attending the festivities.
Jeter announced last week he’d miss the game since he wanted to recover from a hamstring injury. Then he went 5-for-5 to reach the 3,000-hit mark Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tuesday could have been a celebration for the Yankees captain.
“It’s too bad Jeter isn’t here,” said honorary National League president Bill Giles of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jeter had five hits Saturday and has three hits against Blue Jays pitching this season, batting .088 (3-for-34).
Jeter wanted to rest his calf which had him on the disabled list.
“I’d like to have seen Jeter here,” said Jackie Autry, formerly of the Los Angeles Angels of the American League. “I’d like to see an honorary 10-man roster.”
That’s all we need.
A total of 84 players have been named to the all-star teams, either voted, named on the player’s ballot, a manager’s choice or added as an injury replacements, which is 23% of the major leaguers to have enough at-bats to have qualified for the batting title or more than 331/3 innings pitched — the amount Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez has logged.
The 84-player total is three more than a year ago.
In all 16 players named won’t see action because of injury.
Others missing because of injuries include David Price, Ryan Braun, Jose Reyes, Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Chipper Jones and Jon Lester.
Aramis Ramirez declined an invitation to join the NL team, creating a spot for Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero.