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Alex Gordon will miss the event due to a sprained wrist. Gordon is one of the best defensive outfielders in the league, and is batting .268 and 9 home runs. He was voted in by his fellow American League players. This is his second straight season that he has made the All-Star Game.
"“Obviously this is not what I wanted to happen, especially coming into the All-Star break and being on the All-Star team, but the most important thing is to be ready for our games,” Gordon told the Sacramento Bee before the start Detroit’s four game series against Detroit."
Erick Aybar is making his debut in the Midsummer Classic in his ninth season in the MLB. He is the third shortstop on the team joining future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, and fellow first-time All-Star Alexei Ramirez. Aybar should be able to get a few innings of action in this All-Star Game, as aging Derek Jeter will probably play in only 2-3 innings. He leads American League shortstops in RBI with 45 and triples with three.
Most of Aybar’s great work this year has flown under the radar though, but Aybar has been phenomenal, batting .283 with six home runs and 11 stolen bases, his most productive offensive season since debuting in the league in 2006.
I personally think Aybar was the better selection over Gordon to begin with just because he has had much more offensive production and an equal amount of defensive production. This will also help the AL All-Star Team because Jeter is a clear weak spot in the lineup, and it’s an All-Star Game so they wouldn’t let Ramirez play more than four to five innings. Aybar can help limit Jeter’s innings to two or three, and make room for the better, younger shortstops.
So why was Aybar not selected earlier? Well unfortunately this is Derek Jeter’s final season in the MLB , so it was basically a given that he would be the starter, although he is not having an All-Star season. That left Alexei Ramirez and Erick Aybar, and the spot was rewarded to Ramirez who has also had great first half success.