Jul
06

Robinson Cano and Mariano Rivera elected to All-Star Game

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Unsurprisingly, Robinson Cano and Mariano Rivera were the only two Yankees elected to this year’s All-Star Game. Cano was voted the AL starter at second base by the fans and will also captain the AL Homerun Derby team. Manager Jim Leyland already confirmed Mo will be the AL’s closer. The full rosters are right here.

Cano, 30, is hitting .293/.372/.527 (137 wRC+) with 20 homers this year. This will be his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance — third as a starter — and fifth overall. The 43-year-old Rivera owns a 1.39 ERA (2.27 FIP) in 32.1 innings while going 29-for-30 in save chances. He missed last year’s All-Star game due to the knee injury, but he made the squad every year from 2008-2011. This is his 13th career All-Star appearance, the 21st most all-time and second most by a pitcher. Only Warren Spahn (14) went to more Midsummer Classics as a hurler.

David Robertson is one of five relievers included in the Final Vote. The team’s setup man has a 2.29 ERA (2.82 FIP) in 35.1 innings this year. Robertson, 28, was an All-Star in 2011, when he replaced David Price on the roster. You can vote for himĀ right here. Polls close at 4pm ET this coming Thursday.

Categories : All Star Game, Asides

21 Comments»

  1. Eddard says:

    The best set up man-closer tandem in baseball is Drob and Mo. Those two should be closing out the ASG. Mariano should win ASG MVP regardless of whether he pitches.

  2. Cano fan #1 says:

    Let’s vote guys.

  3. vicki says:

    and vote puig while you’re at it.

    • NeilT says:

      To clarify, since I have now moved from my ‘phone to my PC and can comfortably type more than a couple of words: I voted for Freddie Freeman.

      And, sensation that Puig has been, Hanley Ramirez has been almost as good if not better, for the SAME FREAKIN’ TEAM, since coming off the DL.

      If Puig is still hitting .400+ this time next year, he gets my vote.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

        The game will be a lot more watchable with Puig in it rather than Freeman, so I voted Puig.

      • forensic says:

        Yeah, he’s been awesome, but I just can’t vote for a guy who’s played in barely more than one-third of his team’s games.

        • 28 this year says:

          Can you vote for the guy that would piss off Papelboner? I think that trumps all.

        • And in merrie olde England says:

          He played in all the games he has been allowed to. If he had off field issues (of his own causing),suspensions or something else of that ilk causing him to miss out I could see your point. As it is his season summary reads something like:

          Called up, played every day, was awesome.

          Just need him to run up some walls and stuff now.

          • forensic says:

            I don’t care whose fault it is that he’s only played in that number of games. The fact of the matter is that he hasn’t played in enough games for me. What if Zoilo was called up 2 weeks ago and hit .600 until now. Should he make the team then? He played in all the games he was allowed to. He got called up, played everyday, and was awesome.

  4. trr says:

    Weil deserved

  5. Ron says:

    Cecil an All star ??? Okayyyy

    • Ethan says:

      He’s actually having a good year:

      http://www.fangraphs.com/stats.....position=P

    • whozat says:

      I was shocked too, but they moved him to the pen and he’s killing it. It looks like he’s more than just a LOOGY, too. He’s got more innings pitched than appearances, and no starts this season. He actually looks like a pretty great lefty reliever option for Leyland.

      Now, the players voting Torii Hunter in? What the hell? Was he doing awesome a month ago and has been a disaster since? He’s been league average this season.

      • whozat says:

        Ah, he had a ridiculous April and then has sucked for the last two months, so players basically stopped paying attention after seeing the hot start.

        I don’t really understand why they get to vote. Seems dumb. They have even less time to pay attention to what happens outside the games they play in than fans do.

  6. johnnybk says:

    Gotta think Kuroda might sneak in when starters become unavailable.

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