POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 12, 2011
PHOENIX » Much is being made of the big-name no-shows at this year's All-Star game, yet some who are hurt showed up.
Take Jose Reyes of the New York Mets, who says he has been hurt three of the four times he has made the All-Star team, but has come to the game each time.
Or Philadelphia's Shane Victorino of Maui. He withdrew because of injury, but felt a special obligation to show up because he was the final player chosen for the NL team out five in an online vote by fans.
Several other All-Star selections who won't play made the trip, some of them injured, some ineligible because they pitched Sunday.
But some of the biggest names are no-shows, most notably Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, who has had a calf injury but was well enough to go 5-for-5 and get his 3,000th hit with a dramatic home run on Saturday. Jeter decided not to make the cross-country trip to the desert.
"I think it's too bad that Jeter in particular is not here, because of what he accomplished over the weekend," Philadelphia Phillies chairman Bill Giles, the honorary NL president, said at a Monday news conference, "and I think it is a bit of a problem and baseball should study it."
The Yankees' Mariano Rivera also skipped the game because of a triceps injury.
Victorino sprained a ligament in his right thumb on July 4 and went on the 15-day DL last week, just as fans were making him their choice out of the final five listed to make the NL squad.
"My trainers and I talked about staying in Philly and getting my finger better and trying to get back healthy," Victorino said, "but I'm like 'Well, I can do the same things here that I can do in Philly, so I'd like to come and be with my teammates, being around players that are deserving. One, I got voted in and I want to tip my hat to the fans and say thank you and represent the National League."
But he said each situation is different.
"Derek Jeter just got 3,000 hits. I'm sure he has a lot on his plate," Victorino said.
One big-name player who wanted to come but wasn't selected is St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols, who came back from a broken wrist a month ahead of schedule.
"I don't know who makes those decisions and how they're factored in," said Matt Holliday, Pujols teammate and an All-Star starter, "but it's kind of weird not having what I would consider the best player here."
» Curtis Granderson, cf, Yankees
» Asdrubal Cabrera, ss, Indians
» Adrian Gonzalez, 1b, Red Sox
» Jose Bautista, rf, Blue Jays
» Josh Hamilton, lf, Rangers
» Adrian Beltre, 3b, Rangers
» David Ortiz, dh, Red Sox
» Robinson Cano, 2b, Yankees
» Alex Avila, c, Tigers
Starter: Jered Weaver, Angels
» Rickie Weeks, 2b, Brewers
» Carlos Beltran, dh, Mets
» Matt Kemp, cf, Dodgers
» Prince Fielder, 1b, Brewers
» Brian McCann, c, Braves
» Lance Berkman, rf, Cardinals
» Matt Holliday, lf, Cardinals
» Troy Tulowitzki, ss, Rockies
» Scott Rolen, 3b, Reds
Starter: Roy Halladay, Phillies