There may be replacements (maybe Brett Gardner can find a way in) but the New York Yankees were able to get three all-star selections for the game July 15th.
With this being his last year, and as long as could stay upright through it, Derek Jeter was going to be in this game without question. Jeter is making his 14th All-Star appearance and will be starting at short right next to former teammate Robinson Cano. Jeter is hitting .266 with two homers and 21 RBI in 75 games this season for the Yankees.
The Yankees got two pitchers selected as well, though one of them most likely will need to be replaced on the roster because he will be pitching next Sunday night. Masahiro Tanaka will be making his first appearance in his debut season in the MLB. We all know why of course. He leads the league in wins with 12, he has a 2.27 ERA and has struck out 130 in 122 innings. He’s also tied for fourth in pitching WAR.
Like Tanaka, Dellin Betances will be making his first All-Star game appearance. Betances, in his first season out of the bullpen, has emerged as one of the best relievers in baseball and has helped the Yankees win all the close games they’ve won this year. He’s third in innings pitched for relievers, sixth in strikeouts per nine innings, tied for third in ERA, and tied for first in WAR.
Betances said this after learning he was selected per the NY Daily News:
“I was at a loss for words,” Betances said. “It’s been a long journey from all the years in the minor leagues, all the ups and downs, just to have such a good first half and for the players to vote for me, I’m truly humbled. It’s a crazy feeling for me right now.”