By Joe Stiglich
Sunday, July 5th, 2009 at 11:22 am in 2009 regular season.
OK, so there WAS a surprise in store regarding the A’s and the All-Star Game. Rookie closer Andrew Bailey got the call to represent Oakland in the July 14 game in St. Louis over catcher Kurt Suzuki. It’s a shocker to me that Suzuki didn’t get the nod. Minnesota’s Joe Mauer (voted to start by fans) and Cleveland’s Victor Martinez (voted as a reserve by the players) are the only two catchers on the AL roster.
But I can see the logic in taking Bailey, and it continues a storybook ride for the right-hander since making the big league club out of spring training. He leads the A’s with eight saves and leads all AL relievers with 57 strikeouts. The All-Star Game decides home-field advantage for the World Series, so maybe AL manager Joe Maddon figured an extra arm in the bullpen was more critical than an extra catcher.
Bailey is the sixth rookie in Oakland history to make the All-Star team, and the first since outfielder Ben Grieve in 1998.
How do you feel about this decision???