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All-Star roster news that actually matters: Mariano Rivera is out

Jul 7, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

One of the reasons I tend not to get too caught up in the All-Star Snub Wars is that just about every snubbed player eventually gets in the game anyway, what with the pitchers who throw on Sunday, the guys who get injured and the guys who pretend that they’re injured who really just want a few days off.  And ultimately it makes little difference because, generally speaking, an All-Star is an All-Star is an All-Star.

But that doesn’t really apply to Mariano Rivera.  He’s pitched in eight All-Star Games, saving four of them, never allowing a run or even a walk.  In a game that already favors pitchers, Rivera has always been the American League’s deal closer. But not this year: he has decided to sit this one out to give some nagging injuries some time to heal.

Most of the All-Star roster shuffling you’ll see over the next several days is meaningless. Mariano Rivera’s decision to sit out is not.  In fact, it’s one of the few potentially power-shifting things that will happen between now and Tuesday.

  1. ThatGuy - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    So who do they replace him with? I am guessing they will just look at the saves column. So its either going to be Rafeal Soriano, Paplebon or Rauch. Soriano has the best WHIP and ERA, but Paplebon is from Boston so my guess is it will be him.

  2. Simon DelMonte - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    In other words, the game is now nine innings again and the NL will have a chance to come back. Maybe. (Very few things unite Mets, Phils and Braves fans. Not wanting to see Mo stop the NL from having any hope of home field advantage yet again is one of them, I think.)
    Any chance we can add Papelbon to the AL lineup now?

  3. ThatGuy - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Although they could surprise everyone as they already have two closers and go with a setup guy in Bard or Guerrier who are having great seasons or Liriano who is deserving as well.

  4. YankeesfanLen - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    I am relieved that Mo is passing on this game, as I wish more Yankees would, and Cano in the Home Run Derby is just stupid.

  5. Professor Dave - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    It’ll be Soriano, I suspect. Lot of big “he wuz snubbed!” talk. It ought to be him too.

  6. Eric Cioe - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Valverde’s ERA is under 1 and has a better WHIP than any of those guys.

  7. Professor Dave - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Oh, yeah, it’s Soriano, already decided.

  8. geoknows - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Jose Valverde has already made the All-Star team.

  9. Eric Cioe - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Oh, I thought you meant, whom do you replace him with when the Al inevitably has to protect a lead in the 9th.

  10. scatterbrian - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    It doesn’t matter that much, there won’t be a save situation anyway…

  11. 27xchamps - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Agreed no cano in that curse of a derby

  12. AirlineGuy - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Feliz is on the roster isn’t he? There is your closer right there. AL saves leader…makes sense.

  13. Bob Sacamano - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Joakim Soria is the AL saves leader. He’s also got a lower ERA than Feliz.

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