The local ties to the MLB All Star Game, scheduled for Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, will be limited to former Bishop Amat stars Michael Young of the Texas Rangers and Dan Haren of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
We just feel that the list should also include former South Hills star Jason Giambi, who now plays first base for the New York Yankees, and ex-Glendora standout Aaron Rowand, who now patrols the outfield for the San Francisco Giants.
The fans voted for former Rio Hondo College star Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays and Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers. Both are good players, but we think the nod should have gone to Rowand and Giambi.
Giambi looks like the clear choice in the American League. He and Longoria have solid numbers, but I just tend to like his long-ball potential, which this season features 18 homers and 54 RBIs, which are slightly better than Longoria’s 16 and 53. Plus, it would be nice to see a Yankee play in the final All-Star Game in Yankee Stadium.
On the National League side, Hart is solid with a .292 average and 15 HRs. I just happen to like Rowand’s overall game, which includes his speed and his ability to make every play, even if it means running through a wall.
Hart probably deserves to be there, but does the Cubs’ Kosuke Fukudome?
Rowand’s numbers are slightly better, and he has more speed and power potential. But I guess that’s what we get when fans are allowed to stuff the ballot box.