The All-Star festivities got underway Monday night with a fantastic Home Run Derby that saw their hometown hero Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier become the second player to win in his home ballpark. An awesome build up for Tuesday nights Midsummer classic, but I think there is a notable omission on the American League All-Star squad is Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez.
The Stats don’t lie
Love them or hate them, he is having a remarkable start to the 2015 season at times carrying the Yankees offense that has been stagnant at times during the season. He is hitting .271 18 home runs and 51 runs batted in, he also has a 900 OPS and everyone that has a 900 OPS or higher is on the All-Star team with the exception of Rodriguez. I guarantee you if you told the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez himself knew those were the numbers he would put up in the first half they would have taken that and ran with it. He has defied father time at almost 40 years old and two surgically repaired hips it’s downright amazing that he has been able to put up these All-Star type numbers.
The reality is his reputation will never be clean, but he has done and said everything right the season just letting his play do the talking. That’s something we can all appreciate from an athlete that has had a tumultuous life and career. The only reason he was not selected to the team is because he is behind a stacked position at designated hitter with Nelson Cruz, Albert Pujols, and Prince Fielder. That just shows you how deep every position is in Major League Baseball.
Who knows how the season will end for Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees, but I can say one thing the Yankees would not be in first place without Rodriguez’s production and that is a fact with the topsy-turvy nature of the AL East. As every milestone continues to be broken by Rodriguez you can think of that what you want, but the way he has carried himself this season is very respectable and is putting up numbers to help his team win and that’s all that matters to the Yankees and definitely Rodriguez. Many of you may disagree with my claim that he should be on the All-Star team, but I respect and enjoy watching what he has been able to do this season and the numbers don’t lie they are All-Star game worthy.