With the Major League Baseball All-Star game less than a week away, the rosters for the American and National league team’s are all but set. There remains only one roster spot still open on both teams and there are five players for the American and National league teams all competing for the final vote, to become the final member of the American league all-star team.
Before today, New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was on the American League ballet. Now, he will replace Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon on the American league all-star team. Gordon suffered a groin strain Wednesday night according to CBS Sports and multiple reports and it will prevent him from participating in the game.
Gardner has put together a good season with the Yankees so far in 2015. He is hitting .297 with 10 home runs and 15 stolen bases only getting caught stealing three times. Gardner is now one of now one of seven players who have at least 10 home runs and 15 steals so far this this season. Gardner has also done a good job for the Yankees filling in for injured teammate Jacoby Ellsbury in the lead-off spot as well this season.
Brett Gardner will join his two teammates Mark Teixeira and Dellin Betances in the all-star game. This is the first trip to an all-star game for Gardner and before he was selected to replace Gordon, the Yankees were trying everything get Gardner voted into the game using #votegardy on twitter.
The Yankees had some creative ideas such as coaches and players wearing a bald cap saying “#votegardy” imitating the looks of Brett Gardner trying to get as many votes for him as they can.
There is no doubt that Gardner is looking forward to the all-star game, but he is also looking forward to having his name printed on his back for the first time in his career. “I never had a jersey with my name on the back,” said Gardner to reporters after the game today as the Yankees have never had anything except numbers printed on the back of their jerseys.
Gardner is 31 years old and has put together some impressive seasons with the Yankees. This selection to the all-star game for him is well deserved and if he continues to play at a high level as he has this season, it probably will not be his last selection to an all-star game.
Watch: Boomer and Carton try to build up votes for Brett Gardner