Three Yankees: one veteran, two rookies will represent their team for the American League All-Star team. Selected by fans and players, Derek Jeter, Masahiro Tanaka, and Dellin Betances have officially been named 2014 All-Stars!
I personally love the All-Star game. I know it doesn’t mean much, but I always like the idea of having different players at the top of their league come together to make an unbeatable power team. It’s like the Avengers, just not as cool. It’s all about the American League!
This year Jeter, Tanaka and Betances will be representing the Yankees at the All-Star game at Target Field in Minneapolis on July 15th. All well deserved for the veteran, the rookie and the comeback kid. The Yankees will also have the most players selected to the 2014 AL All-Star team!
It’s Jeter’s 14th All-Star appearance, the most among the starters selected to the 2014 team and the third highest among Yankees players ever selected. His selection came as no surprise, what with it being his last year and all. He’s so admired by players, fans and coaches that it only seems fitting for the veteran.
It was also obvious that Tanaka would be chosen to the team. He is currently ranked number 2 to Seattle Mariners Felix Hernandez among the AL starting pitchers. Although he is a national icon in Japan, he has made quite a name for himself as a rookie in the MLB. He’s now 12-4 and his ERA is 2.51.
Tanaka’s performance has just recently been falling back a little, losing three of his last four outings. He was 11-1 with a 1.99 ERA in the beginning of the year. Let’s be realistic though, he can’t be perfect every single time he pitches. He just hit a bump in the road right now, he’ll be back to normal soon. I have faith.
Dellin Betances is the comeback kid. He was demoted to Double- A in 2012, and things didn’t look hopeful for the right-handed relief pitcher. Throughout 2013 he’s been back and forth with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the majors.
Betances was shifted into the Yankees’ bullpen in May 2013, but then optioned back to Triple-A that same month. Same thing happened in August of 2013. Finally, in September 2013 he was brought back to the roster to stay. And look at him now!
According to the stats, Betances has completed 13.95 strikeouts per nine innings over 37 relief outings. That’s the highest in the MLB this season. Even more impressive, of his last 119 outs, 62 have come via strikeout.
Upon the All-Star lineup announcement, Betances released a statement of his reaction:
“I was emotional earlier, because it’s been hard work,” Betances said. “It’s been a long journey from all the years in the Minor Leagues – all the ups and downs, just to have such a good first half and for the players to vote for me, I’m truly humbled. It’s a crazy feeling for me right now. I’m enjoying each and every day here. I’m blessed to be a Yankee.”