The New York Yankees’ manager joined WFAN and described his displeasure with some of his key contributors being left out of Cleveland.
Aaron Boone was expressing his displeasure with Major League Baseball officials long before Tuesday night’s game began.
The New York Yankees manager joined Kim Jones and John Jastremski of WFAN prior to his team’s Queens showdown with the New York Mets. Boone spoke mostly about the positive developments in pinstripes. The Yankees are 54-29, leading the AL East by 5 1/2 games after Tuesday’s action.
However, Boone was taken aback by his team’s representation, or lack thereof, at the upcoming MLB All-Star Game.
Second baseman DJ LeMahieu and catcher Gary Sanchez are among the American League starters. But when reserves were released on Sunday, only one further Yankee was revealed, closer Aroldis Chapman.
Boone was displeased at the relatively small group, saying he would’ve added two more from his squad.
“I think if you look at it, the fact that Gleyber Torres is not going to the All-Star I think is a joke,” Boone told Jones John Jastremski. “I would say the same thing with Luke Voit. I know there’s different things that factor in where you have teams that need to be represented. I certainly understand that. But in those two players’ case, Luke and Gleyber, that’s not what got them off this All-Star team. It’s a bit of a head-scratcher, and hopefully, there’s still a way for them to get on because both of those guys are certainly deserving.”
Both Torres and Voit have come up big in the wake of countless Yankee injuries. Torres is batting .295 with 19 home runs and 47 runs batted in, while Voit’s average is at .280 with 17 homers and 50 RBI’s.
Even if Voit was named to the AL roster, he would not have played. The first baseman was placed on the 10-day injured list after suffering a core muscle injury during the team’s London trip against the Boston Red Sox.
The Houston Astros will lead the AL contingent at the All-Star Game, sending six players.
The Yankees will play one final game against the Mets on Wednesday (7:00 p.m. ET, YES/SNY/ESPN) before wrapping up the first half with four games in Tampa Bay. The All-Star Game will be held on July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.