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Erick Aybar named to All-Star team as injury replacement

Jul 10, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

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Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is out for the All-Star game because of a wrist injury, so MLB has named Angels shortstop Erick Aybar as his replacement on the American League roster.

This will be the first All-Star game for the 30-year-old Aybar, who’s hit .283 with six homers and a .735 OPS that basically matches his combined .722 OPS from 2011-2013.

Expect several more injury replacements to be announced shortly, which is of course why the annual uproar about “snubs” is so silly.

  1. bronco58lb - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    I would have liked to have seen Alcides Escobar instead.

    • badvlad - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      Aybar has had a higher OPS, higher wRC+, and been more valuable defensively than Escobar (according to both BBRef and Fangraphs). Based on performance this season among AL shortstops, he arguably should have been starting the game. But then there’s also that one guy who’s retiring, so that’d never happen.

      • albertfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:48 AM

        The most deserving should be starting. Jeter is not. Aybar is the best shortstop in MLB.

  2. weaselpuppy - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Kinsler next…

  3. mauijim3 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Well deserved

  4. asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Aybar is the man!

  5. usm418 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    He had my vote and he deserved to be the starter.

  6. crackersnap - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    “Expect several more injury replacements to be announced shortly, which is of course why the annual uproar about “snubs” is so silly.”

    Right. Because that is precisely the way we should all count on “the process” to function.

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