Yankees and Mets All-Star picks!
The Yankees have four starters, two reserves, and three snubs, while the Mets have two starters for the 2011 MLB All-Star game! SS Derek Jeter(12th), 3B Alex Rodriguez(13th), 2B Robinson Cano(3rd), and CF Curtis Granderson were voted by the fans as starters, while C Russell Martin and closer Mariano Rivera(12th) were chosen by their peers and Texas Rangers manager as reserves. Yankee’s p C.C. Sabathia, 1B Mark Teixeira, and middle reliever David Robertson were snubbed from the All-Star selections. C.C. is tied with for league lead with 11 wins and a 3.05 ERA, Big Tex is second in the league with HR’s (25) and fourth with RBI’s (65) are the two biggest snubs. Robertson has an astounding 1.08 ERA in at least 30 innings pitched and 53 K’s, he has the highest K per nine inning ratio at 14.31 K’s/9 innings! The Mets got red-hot SS Jose Reyes who leads the league with a scorching .354 batting average and league-leading 124 hits, and RF Carlos Beltran who will be starting his sixth All-Star game. Reyes overcame 245,000 voting deficit in the last week! The All-Star game is set for Tues, July 12 8PM EST FOX!
“It feels good,” said Jeter, who was selected to his 12th All-Star team, his sixth as a starter. “Anytime you get an opportunity to be selected to an All-Star team — especially by the fans — it shows they appreciate how you play the game.”
“I was surprised,” said Jeter, who is hitting .260 in 62 games. “I learned a long time ago not to pay attention to the voting because things go up and down.”
“It’s great,” said Granderson, who finished second all-time behind Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista in the fan voting, collecting 6,683,877 votes. “It shows that a lot of people are recognizing what the guys on this team have been doing and the fans and the league in general and the coaches that will be coaching in the game in Texas have some selection in that process too. So to get a chance to go out there, certainly speaks highly to what our guys have been doing to this point.”
“I thought I had a pretty good first half,” Sabathia said.
Mark Teixeira declined Red Sox David Ortiz’s offer to hit in the Home-Run Derby, so he could spend time with his family.
“I’m not going to go out there,” Teixeira said.
“Now, I have a couple days to relax,” said Robertson, who has yet to make an All-Star team in his brief career.
“It’s great, it’s everybody’s dream to be that,” Reyes said. “You want to be in the All-Star Game and start the game, but just to be there with all the stars it’s something I’m never going to forget.”
“It feels great,” Beltran said. “It’s a great honor. Every time you are being selected to the All-Star Game it’s an honor and the only guy I can thank for that is God because all the effort that I have put into my rehab, training, Puerto Rico, and everything I have done to be in the situation where I am, it’s all Him.”
(info, quotes courtesy espn)