As we sit down and prepare to be entertained by the biggest stars in the sport of baseball, the event just doesn’t feel complete with both Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez missing in action.
While neither has been able to put together what we would call an ‘all-star effort’ due to injury and suspension, these guys are two of the greatest players in the game and have been a fixture in All-star games for more than a decade.
Rodriguez is a 12-time All-star and is missing his first game since 1999. And while he has been hot as of late, he doesn’t deserve to be an all-star this year as his numbers don’t come close to matching what he has given us over the last decade.
Ramirez is also a 12-time All-star and is missing his first all-star game since the 1997 contest. Due to suspension, Manny missed 50 games during the first half of the 2009 season and certainly does not deserve a roster spot this year. But still, he is putting up incredible numbers and had he been able to compete in 80+ games like the rest of the field he would certainly be on his 13th all-star roster.
While I am happy to see a ton of new blood get ready to hit the stage tonight, a part of me would really like to see both ‘A-Rod’ and ‘Man-Ram’ suiting up for the AL and NL teams too!!