That the managers and players who voted essentially told CC Sabathia "Yankee, stay home" did not bother the team's ace and one of only two 11-game winners in the American League. (Detroit's Justin Verlander, the other, was named to the roster for the July 12 game in Phoenix.)
"No, not at all," Sabathia said of his exclusion. "I couldn't have pitched anyway" because he is scheduled to pitch Sunday. Even if he were added to the team as a late replacement, Sabathia said he wouldn't go.
With his 11-4 record, 3.05 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 1292/3 innings, Sabathia certainly has All-Star numbers. "I think I had a pretty good first half," he said, "but there's a lot of guys having a good year."
Six other Yankees were named to the American League team Sunday. Infielders Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez and outfielder Curtis Granderson were voted to starting positions. Reliever Mariano Rivera and catcher Russell Martin also made it. "It's good," Cano said. "It's like, I'd say, every player's dream."
Granderson called the strong Yankees contingent "great; it shows that people are recognizing how well this team is doing."
The fact that Jeter has been rehabilitating an injured calf should not keep him from playing in the All-Star Game, Joe Girardi said, because he is healthy again and will join the Yankees Monday night. "If he's healthy, he's OK to play during the All-Star Game,'' Girardi said. "He's healthy. And he's rested."
Rodriguez will make his 14th All-Star appearance and Jeter his 12th. Granderson's place in the All-Star starting lineup will be his first.
Still, there are some arguments that even more Yankees should be sent to Phoenix. Besides Sabathia, first baseman Mark Teixeira is one of four Yankees with at least 50 runs and 50 RBIs, and no other team has more than one. (The others are Granderson (73, 58), Cano (52, 54), and Rodriguez (51, 52).
"I was pretty sure I wasn't going to make the team," said Teixeira, who has 25 home runs and 65 RBIs. "Probably the three greatest players in baseball this season are first basemen in the American League."
And what about Yankees setup man David Robertson (1.05 ERA, 55 strikeouts in 341/3 innings)? "It didn't work out," he said, "but there's always next year. Those guys get to go and have fun. I hope they win."