My Opinion

There are different reasons being given why Alex Rodriguez didn’t make the American League allstar team.One is that the other two candidates,Nelson Cruz of Seattle and Prince Fielder of Texas,are having as good if not better seasons than A-Rod.Another is what manager Ned Yost said about wanting to have versatility which is laughable.The third and I think primary reason is A-Rod would command most of the attention.The writers would be  falling over themselves to get his comments and the TV cameras would be focused on him.The buzz that would be created would be tremendous and the ratings for the game itself would rise to a level MLB hasn’t seen in many years.I don’t believe it’s more because of his steroid use and what he did,like suing the Yankees and the players union,as much as it is that in this game of stars,he would be the biggest name and command the most attention.As a Yankees fan I’m not unhappy he didn’t make it.The Yankees are currently in first place in the AL East and are trying to make the playoffs for the first time in three years.Rodriguez has been a huge part of the teams success thus far along with first baseman Mark Teixeira.Since A-Rod will turn 40 by September it’s much more important that he take the four days the allstar break affords and rest up for the stretch run.He even said as much in a recent interview.The allstar game is important because home field advantage for the World Series goes to the winner.But first you have to get there and there is still a lot of baseball to be played and the Yankees getting there for the first time since 2009 (when Alex Rodriguez had his best playoff season)will depend on A-Rod being rested and ready to go.That’s my opinion.

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