It seems like every single season there’s at least one player that was overlooked for the All-Star Game. This year’s All-Star snub is White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski. He’s 35 years old and is having the best first half of his career. Just look at the numbers – he’s hitting .291 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs. Pierzynski’s career high for home runs in an entire season is 18, and his career high for RBIs in an entire season is 70. Even though Pierzynski has those great numbers that will smash his career best, three other catchers in the American League were selected over him.
The fan vote declared that Rangers catcher Mike Napoli will be the AL’s starting catcher for the All-Star Game. His numbers: a .235 batting average, 12 home runs, and 30 RBIs. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was selected as the back-up catcher by the players. His numbers: a .247 average, 11 home runs, and 40 RBIs. And finally, AL manager Ron Washington selected Twins catcher Joe Mauer. His numbers: a .332 average, five home runs, and 32 RBIs.
Washington said that he felt bad that Pierzynski did not make the All-Star team, but Pierzynski is selling Washington’s comment. He told the Dallas Morning News that if Washington felt that bad, “he would have put me on the team. He had an opportunity to do it and he didn’t do it. He can feel as bad as he wants, but he obviously didn’t feel that bad.” When Pierzynski was told that Napoli was a good hitter by a media member, Pierzynski said: “Yeah, if you consider .230 good.”
If you couldn’t tell that Pierzynski’s already angry over this, he hit a three-run homer and gave a glare toward the Rangers’ dugout in the Sox’s 19-2 win over Rangers last night.