Once again, a Yankee beats a Red Sox:
Nick Swisher of the Yankees won the Final Vote.
Youkilis played through the pain of an ankle injury Wednesday night and went 0-for-5 as the Red Sox were swept by the Rays, but he is still batting .292 with 17 home runs, 55 RBIs and 66 runs.
Youkilis was one of five players nominated for the American League Final Vote, which was conducted online at mlb.com from Sunday through today at 4 p.m. The other American League candidates were Paul Konerko of the White Sox, Delmon Young of the Twins and Michael Young of the Rangers.
Statistically, Youkilis deserved to be in. But given his ankle, he can use the time off. It's not the Red sox won't be well-represented.
Hey, whatever, right? Youkilis is only fourth in the American League in wOBA at .422 behind Miguel Cabrera, Justin Morneau and Josh Hamilton. All of whom are All-Stars, mind you. He also has the fourth-highest OPS (.983), fourth-highest OBP (.409) and is ranked ninth in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) at 3.3.
But who needs stats?! They're just numbers anyway.
Some are looking at this in a much more positive light, though:
Absolutely ridiculous that Nick Swisher is going to the All Star Game. Here's hoping Adrian Beltre gets a chance to take him out. #mlb