Alex Rodriguez on All-Star Game snub: ‘I’m obviously disappointed’
Alex Rodriguez has enjoyed an improbable career comeback and resurgence after serving one year in exile many never would have predicted, but his season at the plate (.280/.387/.505, 16 HR, 47 RBI) just wasn’t quite good enough for him crack the American League’s All-Star Game roster.
The New York Yankees slugger expressed disappointment over his purported All-Star snub before Tuesday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics, but he nevertheless took a big picture outlook at missing out on the Midsummer Classic.
“I’m obviously disappointed,” Rodriguez said in the clubhouse, via an ESPN report. “It would have been fun to go out and represent the American League, that’s for sure. But I know that while serving the suspension, the time off was very good for me. I hope the four days will be, too.”
Rodriguez said last week he wanted to play in the All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park that he would hoof it from the Bronx to Ohio, saying, “I’d walk to Cincinnati.”
Royals manager and American League All-Star Game skipper Ned Yost acknowledged this week that he and his staff seriously considered A-Rod but said having him on the team compromised the flexibility of the roster.
Rodriguez’s bid to crack an All-Star Game roster for the first time since 2008 was thwarted when Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder was added to the the team as the backup designated hitter, thus fulfilling Yost’s desire for flexibility. Rodriguez, despite how it led to his omission from the roster, conceded it probably was the wisest course of action.
A-Rod also admitted that serving primarily as a DH seriously hindered his bid.
“I knew I was a long shot,” he said. “I gave myself a long-shot hope. There are so many great players in the American League and I’m only a DH. For a long time, I was at shortstop and third base and there were multiple ways of getting in. I’ll be watching, I’ll be cheering and I hope we get home-field advantage.”
Given where Rodriguez was one year ago to now, it’s probably an impressive enough feat that he was even being considered in the first place. But all is not lost. At least Rodriguez and the Yankees did resolve two significant and distracting issues last week, something that will allow him to focus entirely on the rest of the season.