Alex Gordon did not get selected to the 2011 All-Star roster by Manager Ron Washington but with his great fielding numbers and above average hitting, he had a chance to get voted into the last AL spot by the fans. Ron Washington choose to make the one mandatory pick from the Kansas City Royals to be Aaron Crow. Crow has had a solid season as the set up man for Joakim Soria in his rookie season. But the fact is that to have a middle reliever be our All-Star is ridiculous. Alex Gordon has been the best player on the Kansas City Royals roster for the first half of the 2011 season. He is among the leaders in most hitting categories for outfielder’s.
In Ron Washington’s eyes he saw that Aaron Crow could be more useful in the All-Star game than Alex Gordon. Managers in these games always are wanting more pitchers since nobody is going to pitch more than a couple innings. So from a managers view it was a well thought out choice to get Crow over Gordon. It’s unfortunate for Gordon since he has had the better year but when your on the bench with Adrian Beltre, Miguel Cabrera, and Paul Konerko it’s going to be tough to find a spot for Gordon to fit in. The logic is there for Ron Washington’s decision, but if your only going to take one player from a team then you should take the best player available.
After Ron Washington left him off the roster, Gordon got another chance to be selected by the fans for the final spot on the team. But he was again second best, falling short to Paul Konerko. The good news for Alex Gordon is that he is still having the best year of his major league career so far. Hopefully he can continue the success he is having and then next season when the All-Star game is played in Kansas City he can make the roster.
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