So there’s been a little bit of controversy between two AL East rivals during the past day or two and it is not who you would think it is. It isn’t the Orioles and the Red Sox, or the Sox and the Yanks, it’s Logan Morrison of the Tampa Bay Rays and Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees.
The controversy started when LoMo spoke out about being snubbed from the MLB All Star Homerun Derby. He’s unhappy to be left out of the field, especially because he is second in the majors with 24 homers. But he took it a step further and actually called out a certain player who did get the invite, Gary Sanchez.
Sanchez only has 13 homers, even though he mashed what seemed like a million last year in a short period of time. Sanchez has spent time on the DL this year, so I’m sure he would have more if he had been healthy, but he wasn’t. Morrison has every right to be angry that he wasn’t asked to participate.
Sanchez fired back at LoMo by saying that it isn’t his fault that he wasn’t invited. He said that he got a call and and an invitation, so he took it. I can’t hate on that, and he’s right but he still shouldn’t be in the competition. If he’s in it, so many others should be considered as well.
I understand that Sanchez is a fun player to watch and he LAUNCHES the ball. I also understand that he’s a young Yankee and the league wants to market him more than they do with an older, journeyman player on the Tampa Bay Rays (although the game is in Florida which should count for something). But that’s also not right.
The field this year has some great players like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Bour and Cody Bellinger. It should be fun to watch again. But there were a few snubs like Morrison and the Brewers’ Eric Thames. The MLB needs to do a better job of figuring out who deserves to be in this thing.