Plain and simple, the New York Yankees would not be boosting a 28-17 record.
And you can bet they wouldn’t have the third best record in the Majors without one thing?
The outstanding play of Vernon Wells.
This by no means takes away from the overall chemistry this makeshift group has as a team, but you cannot deny that Wells is a mainstay.
Nor does this have anything to do with the recent Yankees loss.
And yes, I am referring to yesterday evening’s 10th inning, walk-off, 3-2 beating the Bombers got courtesy of the Orioles down in Charm City.
This only has to do with Wells getting snubbed from a well-earned 2013 AL All-Star nomination.
The outlandishness of his absence is even crazier when you see Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira‘s names when neither has played an inning this season. And no offense but Curtis Granderson was just activated a week ago and has not shown anything All-Star deserving yet.
This cements even more-so that the All-Star game is just a popularity contest, which is so unappealing to fans.
And the nuttier part is Jeter will probably win for AL shortstop, but heck I’ll cannot deny that I didn’t just vote for him just minutes ago.
Regardless of the Captain, there are countless reasons why Wells got the short end of the stick here.
First, look at Wells batting stats so far this season:
(All stats courtesy of MLB.com)
160 24 46 6 0 10 24 14 24 4 0.288 0.343 0.513 0.855 82
Now let me shed some facts:
- Wells has 10 homers on the season, which ties him with Mariners OF Mike Morse and White Sox OF Alex Rios both who are on the ASB (All-Star Ballot).
- Wells has 24 RBIs. This is one more than Blue Jays Jose Batista, Royals Lorenzo Craig, and Astros Chris Carter. Even Orioles Nick Markakis has two less than Wells. All four players made the ASB.
- Tigers Austin Jackson and Rangers Nelson Cruz have drawn 14 walks, the same number as Wells and they made the ASB.
- Wells is posting 24 strikeouts in 160 at-bats. Compare that to Orioles Adam Jones who in 189 at-bats has one shy of 40. Or Angels Josh Hamilton’s who has been fanned 50 times in 176 at-bats this season, but still managed to be on the ASB.
Actually Hamilton’s stats alone prove my point in a nutshell that Wells got totally overlooked.
(All stats courtesy of MLB.com)
176 21 39 6 2 6 14 11 50 1 0.222 0.275 0.381 0.655 67
DO YOU WANT TO HELP MAKE THIS RIGHT?
Oh good as anyone can VOTE FOR VERNON as the AL Write-In All-Star.
This write-in voting area can be found by scrolling to the very bottom of MLB’s 2013 All-Star Ballot, the AL will be to your left.
So Yankee fans go VOTE FOR VERNON as many times as you can handle, or if possible all 25 votes that each fan is allotted (add another 10 more votes if you have an MLB.com account).
Try and think along the lines of the more, the merrier.
And please feel free to use physical force with other fans, steal friends’ emails or bribe family members to get extra votes.
As you never know if your BFF’s – boyfriend’s – mother’s – dog’s email address you made up might have been the vote that got Wells to the 2013 All-Star Game.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE TWO PARAGRAPHS ARE A TOTAL JOKE.
BUT…. please do still VOTE FOR VERNON!!!