— #FinalVote (@MLB) July 9, 2015
This became a strong possibility when Alex Gordon went down with a serious groin strain last night, and it became official today. Brett Gardner has been named as Gordon's replacement on the American League All-Star roster. It's a well-deserved selection, as Garder was hitting .298/.378/.478 coming into today and has gone 3-4 with a homer in the current game. It's also one that's been a long time coming for a guy who walked on to his college team, was never a highly-touted prospect after being drafted, and worked for years to build himself into an everyday player and a complete, all-around good player.
Congrats, Gardy. Well done.