The Yankees had a pretty good year despite the tough conditions that some fans questioned the team’s relative lack of deals in the offseason. Both are eight games above .500. Through Monday, they lined up for the postseason wildcard spot. With a few injured players coming back strong, the Yankees could be considered a strong contender for the playoffs.
That said, the combination of the slump of a few star players and the aforementioned injuries could result in something almost unimaginable. A Yankee player may not be included in this season’s All-Star Game box score.
Of course, the Yankees will be in the game as well. Every team has at least one guaranteed All-Star selection, and the Yankees are likely to have at least two. The team’s otherworldly outfielder, Aaron Judge, will likely be selected as a starter despite being out indefinitely with his toe injury. And there is no doubt that pitcher Gerrit Cole, the team’s ace, will also be named to the team.
With an 8-1 record and a 2.78 ERA, Cole is the best option for the team to enter the game. The Yankees’ rotation is now lined up for him to go on vacation well rested and should be among the top starting prospects in the American League. But rest is hard for a starting pitcher. If Cole doesn’t get enough rest before a game, or if AL manager Dusty Baker of the Houston Astros chooses to keep him on the bench, Cole will spend the entire game watching. It might happen.
There is precedent for that. Cole has been named to the All-Star team five times (once with the Pirates, twice with the Astros and twice with the Yankees), but has only appeared in one game in 2015 when he pitched a clean sheet.
Other than Cole, no other Yankee is better suited for the roster. Clay Holmes’ numbers as a closer are good, but not great. Top reliever Michael King has been struggling lately. First baseman Anthony Rizzo has a lot of competition. As such, the Yankees may not play a single player in the July 11th game in Seattle.
A box-score shutout would be quite a feat. It hasn’t happened with the Yankees since 1991. At that time, Scott Sanderson was the only representative of the team in the game in Toronto and did not pitch. Overall, the Yankees player has appeared in 90 of his 92 All-Star Games.
Sanderson, who joined the Yankees before the 1991 season, was a bright spot in a disastrous season in which the team lost four straight seasons. He went 9-3 at the 1991 All-Star break, but had only a few days off after starting at the end of the first half, and AL manager Tony La Russa used four games, leaving him with only a few days off. I was unable to attend the game. Starting pitchers (Jack Morris, Jimmy Key, Roger Clemens, Jack McDowell) and three relievers (Jeff Reardon, Rick Aguilera, Dennis Eckersley).
Sanderson’s failure to appear in his only All-Star Game was a disappointment for a veteran pitcher who had perhaps his most impressive season.
“He gave us quality effort almost every single time,” Yankees manager Stamp Merrill said at the end of the season as Sanderson won 16 games on a 91-loss team. “I hope the young guys on this team have paid attention when he’s on the mound. They could have learned a lot.”
The only time the Yankees were shut out by a box score in the All-Star Game was in 1943, and that time it was for proof of points.
Joe DiMaggio was absent due to military service, and catcher Bill Dickey entered the game to represent the team that won the World Series that year. Second baseman Joe Gordon. Outfielders Charlie Keller and Johnny Lindell. And pitchers Tiny Bonham and Spud Chandler.
None of the six Yankees players played in the game at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Their exclusion was particularly notable, as the roster decision was made by Yankees manager Joe McCarthy.
“We didn’t need them,” McCarthy said. said proudly after the game. “We came forward early enough. Plus, these other boys deserved a chance to shine. The Yankees are tired of the limelight.”
of his game accountJohn Drebinger of The New York Times wrote of the AL’s dominance in the contest, which was the league’s eighth win in 11 All-Star Games — and that manager McCarthy singled out his country’s players. He said his decision not to use either just proved how good the league’s roster is. .
“This is, to say the least, the most astonishing demonstration of the massive supply of all-around talent on the junior circuit, and it’s the Yankees, not the American League, who are winning forever,” said the National Leaguer. It seemed to beat all the old cries, “They,” Drebinger wrote.
The AL goes into this year’s All-Star Game with a nine-game winning streak. If they can keep that record without using a single Yankee player, it could prove the power of the junior circuit once again.