Predicting Yankees’ Offensive Players’ All-Star Game Chances
Lock: Aaron Judge
This argument is one sentence long: Aaron Judge, the face of baseball, is on a 65-home run pace in a contract year. He will be representing the Yankees at the 2022 All-Star Game. If he is injured, he will be named and replaced. He had better be a starter.
Yes: Giancarlo Stanton
Pending injury, Giancarlo Stanton will fly to Los Angeles on the heels of his name recognition, legitimate superstar flash, and exceptional season. Despite a recent break on the IL, Stanton’s credentials are unimpeachable thus far, with 12 bombs, 36 RBI, an .851 OPS, and a 145 OPS+, above his sterling career average of 143. He’s an all-time power talent having another all-time season. This would be his first Yankees All-Star Game; he hasn’t made it since 2017 as a Miami Marlin. How can the committee (fans, managers, players) pass up on that?
No: Jose Trevino
We’d love to send one of the game’s best framers and a surprisingly elite offensive talent in Jose Trevino to the All-Star Game, but unlike a certain funky left-hander, he’ll probably remain a niche story in Yankee Land for now. Next season? Trevino could grab the reins as a full-time starter and make a Nestor-like leap. In 2022? Not enough reps; conventional wisdom says it’ll be Alejandro Kirk and Jonah Heim (though the Jays just called up Gabriel Moreno, also a catcher … man, there are NO CATCHERS …).