This happens every year, and frankly, it part of the fun of selecting an all-star team.
There are so many factors at play — decisions by fans and players, a demand that each team be represented — that it is almost impossible for anyone to agree on the final roster. Even Joe Girardi might have changed some things if he could have.
In the end, the Yankees had nine strong candidates. Six are on the team, one is on the final ballot and one is likely to be a pitching staff replacement.
The last candidate is Brett Gardner, who was asked on Saturday about the possibility of making the team and responded: “I’ll be happy going back to South Carolina for a few days and relaxing. We’ll worry about that when the time comes.”
When the time comes? Gardner had absolutely no idea the team was being announced roughly 20 hours later, that’s how little it was on his mind.
Marc Simon, a researcher at Baseball Tonight, has made a case for Gardner as a perfect role player on an all-star roster, and it’s a compelling case. Gardner has played well enough to earn strong consideration, and maybe he should be on the team, but so should Jared Weaver and Brennan Boesch and Kevin Youkilis and Paul Konerko and Alex Rios.
My all-star team would be different from your all-star team which would be different from Girardi’s all-star team. What’s amazing is that we often spend more time praising the guys who don’t make the team than the ones who do.