Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.
So it obviously wasn’t that big a surprise to find out that Alex Rodriguez didn’t make the 2015 American League All-Star team as a reserve player and that he also didn’t make the list of Final Vote candidates, but what is surprising, and, frankly, quite a bit shocking is just how many people are legitimately angered by his being snubbed.
That’s right, people from all over, writers and fans alike, and not just writers and fans from the New York area, are actually calling it a snub.
Give me a minute here. I’m getting verklempt.
Talks amongst yourselves. I’ll give you a topic: transitional Romanesque architecture was neither transitional or Romanesque. Discuss.
Can I just say how much this whole situation warms the cockles of my heart? I cannot believe it.
I will admit that some people probably want Alex on the All-Star team just to stick it to Bud Selig and Rob Manfred, but others were tweeting statistics and pointing out why he is a worthy All-Star candidate.…
Dellin Betances and Mark Teixeira were named to the American League All-Star team. Betances is making his second straight appearance thanks to the player’s ballot and Tex was chosen as a back-up thanks to Miguel Cabrera’s leg injury. Brett Gardner is one of the candidates for the Final Vote.
Alex Rodriguez was not chosen to be part of the Final Vote (booooo) but had this to say, “As I’ve said all season, my number one goal is helping the #Yankees win a championship. I’m excited that we’re in a good position to get there. Of course it would have been an honor to represent the American League next week, but I’ll have fun cheering on the guys who were put on the team and watching them protect home field.”
Vote for Gardner here. Also, if you’re on Twitter, starting Friday, tweet #VoteGardy.
Quick hit: Ellsbury back on Wednesday, Miller could be back too!
George King is reporting via Twitter that Jacoby Ellsbury will be activated on Wednesday, and, if all goes well in Scranton for closer Andrew Miller, he could be back with the team on Wednesday as well.
Ellsbury has been out since May 20 with a knee injury and Miller since June 10 with a forearm strain.
It’s an off day and it’s a slow news day so we’re doing an open thread. The Yankees start a three-game series with the A’s tomorrow, are going to Boston for a three-gamer over the weekend and then the All-Star break will be upon us. Can you believe it? This season seems to be flying by.
When I saw today’s date, I realized I attended a game that ended in an exciting way so I decided to take a look back at this day in Yankees’ history.
Seven years ago tonight, Brett Gardner hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning off Jonathan Papelbon to lead the Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Red Sox. I was at the game with a Red Sox fan. I went home happy, she didn’t. Too bad, so sad.
Five years ago tonight, Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs and collected five RBI en route to a 6-1 over the A’s.
Three years ago tonight, the Yankees participated in a bit of a slugfest with the Red Sox that was in 5-5 tie after the first inning came to a close and ended 10-8 in the Yankees’ favor.…