Aaron Boone: It's 'A Joke' That Gleyber Torres Didn't Make All-Star Game

Alex Greenberg
July 03, 2019 - 6:59 pm
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Despite an impressive first half of the season, Gleyber Torres won’t be going to Cleveland for the All-Star Game.

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Torres has been one of the best hitting second basemen in the league this year, but he was not selected even as a reserve or a replacement for the game. His manager took notice of the snub.

Aaron Boone spoke to the press before Wednesday night’s game with the Mets and expressed his dismay that Torres hadn’t been made an All-Star.

“I think it’s a joke that he’s not on that team,” said Boone. “I mean, if Gleyber Torres is not an All-Star, you can kick rocks on that one. That’s ridiculous. He’s been unbelievable for us, for a first-place club.”

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Torres is batting .295 with 48 RBIs on the season. His 19 homeruns are the most by a second baseman in the American League, and his .363 on-base percentage is good enough for eighth best in the AL.

Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella was selected over Torres before having to withdraw from the game due to injury. Torres could have theoretically been tapped as La Stella’s replacement, but it was announced that Tampa Bay’s Brandon Lowe was chosen instead.

Boone couldn't understand how his offensive numbers hadn't earned him a place in the squad.

“The offensive consistency he has had, the power, the on-base, playing both positions in the middle infield; it doesn’t seem right that he’s not on that team.”

Torres has seen more time at second base lately since the return of Didi Gregorius, but most of his time in the field this season had been spent filling in for Gregorius at shortstop.

The Yankees will still have a few players representing them in Cleveland. Gary Sanchez and DJ LeMahieu were voted in by the fans, and Aroldis Chapman was also named to the team.

Major League Baseball's 90th All-Star Game will take place at Progressive Field on July 9. 

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