When AL manager Ron Washington was asked if there was one player he was most disappointed that didn't get in the All-Star Game, he was quick to mention A.J. Pierzynski. But Pierzynski isn't happy that Washington didn't pick him.
"I feel bad for Pierzynski," Washington said Sunday after the team was announced. "The guy's having an outstanding year. He's been working with a very good pitching staff over there with those Chicago White Sox for many years. I consider him a winning player because he beats you any kind of way he can. He beats you mentally, he beats you physically. So I feel really bad for Pierzynski."
The White Sox catcher talked to reporters on Sunday and voiced his displeasure.
If (Washington) felt that bad he would have put me on the team,'' Pierzynski said."He had an opportunity to and he didn't do it. Obviously, he can feel as bad as he wants, but he didn't feel that bad."
CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman mentioned to Pierzynski that Mike Napoli, the starting catcher, is a good hitter. Piezynski's response according to Heyman's tweet: while consoling aj on A-S snub, i pointed out napoli is a good hitter. said aj: "yeah, if you consider .230 good.'' (.238)
I understand Pierzynski's disappointment. And he made that clear to reporters. But why pick on Napoli? He was voted in by the fans. There's nothing anyone can do about that. Matt Wieters was voted in by the players. So that leaves one other catching spot. Washington has to figure out five pitchers, his two other reserve spots and make sure every team is accounted for. He went with Joe Mauer to get a Twin on the roster. Could he have gone with Josh Willingham? Perhaps, but then that means someone else gets snubbed. Washington had to pick a Kansas City Royal too and Billy Butler was deserving. If he doesn't take Butler, he's got to take someone. In other words: It's not an easy job to assemble the team.
Every year, there are players that deserve to go that don't get in. That's part of fan voting (Napoli's numbers show he shouldn't start, but it's up to the fans, so don't blame Napoli) and making sure every team is represented. Pierzynski should be there. But he's not the only one.