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Did Girardi purposely snub Youkilis from the All-Star Game?

Jul 10, 2010, 10:54 PM EDT

When Twins first baseman Justin Morneau bowed out of next week’s All-Star game due to a mild concussion, many Red Sox fans were hoping that Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis would be named as his replacement. 

After all, Youk finished a close second on MLB’s “Final Vote” ballot to Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher and is plenty deserving of an All-Star nod given the fact that his 987 OPS ranks fifth-best among all major leaguers and his 18 homers and 57 RBI also stand near the top of the league.

Red Sox Nation is up in arms tonight, as White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was selected to take Morneau’s spot instead.  This according to an MLB.com press release.

Konerko is having a heck of a season, with a .299/.382/.560 batting line, 20 home runs and 63 RBI through 291 at-bats.  He has been a big part of the White Sox’s resurgence in the American League Central and there’s little doubt that he is also deserving of an All-Star nod. 

But the fact is Youkilis has been better, and his versatility on the infield might have proven helpful in the later innings of Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic.  Did Yanks skipper Joe Girardi, who is managing the American League squad on Tuesday, snub the Red Sox first baseman on purpose?  Or is he simply a fan of more traditional statistics, like the home run and RBI?  We’re thinking the latter, but, either way, selecting Konerko over Youk was probably a misguided move for the sake of that whole “This One Counts” nonsense.

  1. adam - Jul 10, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    I don’t know, but I just got a phone call from Charlie Manuel. He said to get warmed up because they’re running out of players to name to the team and I might be getting the call.

  2. JBerardi - Jul 11, 2010 at 3:18 AM

    Kevin Youkilis:

    08: .312/.390/.569
    09: .305/.413/.548
    10: .294/.408/.584

    And yet, he’s like the one guy on the entire Red Sox roster who’s NOT going to the ASG.

  3. dan1648 - Jul 11, 2010 at 3:21 AM

    This is bull Konerko is fully deserving of going to the all-star game & he & Youk should be there over Ortiz, that is the whole problem Ortiz shouldn’t be there cause both Youk & Konerko have helped there team stay in through tuff steaks…..

  4. JBerardi - Jul 11, 2010 at 3:31 AM

    They needed Ortiz, otherwise they wouldn’t have had enough guys who can play DH.

  5. dabbas - Jul 11, 2010 at 5:11 AM

    This is so stupid. Konerko was way more deserving than Youkilis.
    If you’re going to go beyond traditional triple crown stats, you might as well use situational stats, such as RISP and RISP + 2outs, in which Konerko owns Youkilis.
    Not one All-Star is being sent to Anaheim based on defense and to do it for one person, Youkilis, would be arbitrary.
    If you’re going to blame someone, don’t blame Konerko or Girardi. Blame David Ortiz, who does not deserve to be there. Konerko and Youkilis could have both gone, with one as a reserve at the DH position, but he’s going because that’s his position. This is dumb because he went as a 1B in 2006 and 2007 when he was a DH, and only played 17 games total at 1B in those two years!
    Konerko is going because he’s deserving and Youkilis has NOT “been better.”

  6. dabbas - Jul 11, 2010 at 5:12 AM

    “Play DH”

  7. Don - Jul 11, 2010 at 5:43 AM

    Hopefully Giardi did just that. If Boston wants their players to go they should get the fans to vote for them, the players to vote for them or win the WS so their manager can just pick them. Otherwise STFU.

  8. Wooden U Lykteneau - Jul 11, 2010 at 7:05 AM

    Must be nice to see things so simply… like a child

  9. Professor Dave - Jul 11, 2010 at 8:11 AM

    Please stop hurting statistics. They didn’t didn’t do anything to you.

  10. Ditto65 - Jul 11, 2010 at 8:21 AM

    As much as I would like this to be an intentional snub, I am afraid that Girardi is just way too classy for it. In the infamous words of Ron Burgundy, “Stay Classy, HBT.”

  11. Ditto65 - Jul 11, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    HAHAHA, “Play DH”. Takes alot of specialized training to sit on the bench while the rest of your team plays the field.

  12. maxplance - Jul 11, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Come on ae you hard up for info to write a column. The baseball world doesn’t revolve around Boston and New York. Konerko deserves to b e there over You Kill Us since hes a key part of the White Sox resurgence. Frankly we’re sick of the pompous sox nation and their kiss but sports writer folowereslike you.

  13. Proudly Canadian - Jul 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    You is an ALL STAR JERK jerk and a CHEATER. In yesterday’s game he pretended to be hit by a pitch and whined so much that the umps finally gave him first base. Replays clearly show that he was not hit by the pitch.

  14. maxplance - Jul 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    Ah to bad for You Kill US and the red sox nation boohooboohoo

  15. Professor Dave - Jul 11, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    Nice spelling!
    There’s no question Konerko is a deserving all-star. There’s also no question Youkilis is a better offensive and defensive player.

  16. dabbas - Jul 11, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Youkilis is not better offensively, idiot.

  17. dabbas - Jul 11, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Huh?
    Konerko > Youkilis

  18. dabbas - Jul 11, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Lol. Playing DH is soooooooooooooooo hard *rolls eyes*
    Good article on this “snubbery”: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/418660-youkilis-not-in-the-all-star-game-blame-david-ortiz

  19. Professor Dave - Jul 11, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Once you parse all the numbers, Youks produces more runs than Konerko.
    Youks has a clear slg and obp lead, Konerko a BA lead. He’s also hit a lot of HRs, but 75% in US Cell which has been playing as an extreme HR park (Fenway plays as an extreme doubles park).
    Linear weights: Youks is +27 and Konerko +20, I think.
    Konerko’s no slouch. Youks has just been better this year.

  20. Professor Dave - Jul 11, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    You don’t go from traditional counting stats to situational stats, which are among the most luck-dependent (although do count highly in terms of producing the various win-share metrics). You head toward linear weights, runs produced vs runs expected, etc.
    I’m happy for Konerko. It’s probably his last hurrah. I just think the numbers are clear.

  21. funi - Jul 11, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    If Konerko played in Boston and Youkalis playe din Chicago, Redsox fan would be glad Konerko got it! Puke-a-los is overrated!

  22. Eric Cioe - Jul 11, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    On base percentage and slugging say he is. Most everything else does, too. He is. Youk tries to beat kids (Rick Porcello), so I’m not a personal fan of his, but he certainly deserves to be in the ASG over Konerko.

  23. Ari Collins - Jul 11, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Wow, did all the White Sox fans just follow some link here? Or are they googling “konerko all star” and being shocked, shocked and appalled, that anyone would think the guy who’s carrying their team could possibly be worse than an overhyped guy whose numbers they’ve never seen?
    OBP/SLG:
    Youkilis: .408/.579
    Konerko:.382/.560
    And better defensively.
    Though the real culprit, of course, is the NY fans who deluged the vote with Nick Swisher, at .382/.532.
    I know the ASG is unimportant, it’s just a bit wrong that Youkilis was snubbed in short order by the fans for the inferior (but still good!) Nick Swisher then by Girardi for the inferior (but still good!) Paul Konerko.

  24. Buccofan - Jul 11, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    “You is”?

  25. Fernando - Jul 11, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Wait you didn’t blame the right people!
    1) Let’s blame the players for chosing Ortiz over Youklis.
    2) And don’t forget to blame Morneau for getting injured and making Girardi chose a replacement.
    3) And let’s blame Selig for not stepping in and stopping this injustice.
    4) And last but not least, let’s blame Ellsbury for hurting his ribs and not being on base for Youklis to have more RBI.

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