Houston Astros Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley, Carlos Correa, and Ryan Pressly were named to the American League team. Now, all four players have decided to skip the game at Coors Field. Altuve and Correa were the first two players to announce on Thursday that they would not be participating in the game. On Saturday Brantley and Pressly also announced that they would not play in the game as well, leaving the AL West Division leaders without a representative in the Mid Summer Classic.
MLB fans everywhere are already stating their opinions as to why the players are choosing not to participate. Of course, the consensus is because of the continued fallout from the sign-stealing scandal, which is fair to say. But the truth is that baseball is a 162 game marathon in which all players deal with different types of injuries throughout the season. Both Altuve and Brantley have spent time on the injured list (IL) this season. Altuve was there in April for health and safety protocols. Altuve said he would be sitting out the game so that he could rest his left leg. Brantley has also been on the IL this season with hamstring and side issues. So both of these players can and will benefit from not playing on Tuesday and getting those days off.
Correa and Pressly have not been on the IL and seem to have been healthy so far this season. Both of them are choosing not to attend the game due to family situations. Correa said that he needs to be with his wife who is pregnant with their first child who is due in November. Pressly’s wife is also pregnant and is expecting in the next few days. Both players have the right to do that and for anyone to criticize them for wanting to be with their wives at this time is not right. Sadly that won’t be the case and Correa and Pressly, as well as Altuve and Brantley, will hear more boos when the second half of the season begins.
These four Astros however are not the only players who will not be participating in Denver. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts and St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina have also decided to skip the game to rest injuries. I am sure that all these players would love to be at the All-Star game, but having four days off to rest injuries will be beneficial to their teams come September and October. The All-Star game is important, but the ultimate goal is to play in October and win the World Series. If that means players skipping the All-Star game to get healthy no matter what the reason may be, that is a trade-off that almost any player will make.