2011 AL All-Star Selections: Ron Washington Shows off His Inner Joe Torre

Bernadette PasleyContributor IJuly 4, 2011

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 2:  Manager Ron Washington #38 of the Texas Rangers signals for a pitching change during the eighth inning at Progressive Field on June 2, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rangers defeated the Indians 7-4. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Like most members of Yankees Universe, I was offended when I learned that CC Sabathia had not been named to the 2011 AL All-Star team. Sabathia is 11-4 with an ERA just a tick above 3.00.

How could he not be selected?

The Yankees already have six players on the team (Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Mariano Rivera). I'm sure that was a big factor in manager Ron Washington's decision not to choose Sabathia.

But since Sabathia's turn in the Yankee rotation would have made it impossible for him to pitch in the All-Star game, Washington could have chosen Sabathia and then replaced him with his own guy, CJ Wilson. That would have been the respectful thing to do. Instead, Washington snubbed Sabathia and chose Wilson outright.

Washington is wrong here.

Or is he? Remember Joe Torre? He did things like this all the time during the Yankees' recent championship years. I don't remember any Yankee fans complaining back then.

When you win you can do whatever you want.

Have fun, Ron. Just don't forget that the game counts. (Can we overturn that silly rule, already?)