The New York Yankees Were Cheated by the Astros, Again

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge, Jose Altuve

After the investigation into the Astros confirmed what’s been suspected for years, the New York Yankees will love nothing more than to kick the snot out of the Astros in 2020. But, through whatever rationale, the Yankees have been cheated (once again) by the Houston Astros.

New Houston Manager Means he’s the All-Star Game Manager?

The Astros signed Dusty Baker to replace the recently sacked AJ Hinch. Signed to a one year deal with a team option for 2021, it seems pretty innocent enough, right? Especially for an older manager (who is out of vogue in baseball these days) who hasn’t managed since 2017.

But… Baker gets what seems an unfair bonus signing with the Astros. Since the Astros were the AL team in the World Series, that team’s manager manages the league they’re in during the All-Star Game. It gives credence to those arguing that MLB really wasn’t interested in punishing the Astros as an organization, but was merely forced to investigate when the story became public in the Athletic.

Unnecessary Drama for a Harmless Exhibition

Since doing away with the silly rule “Whichever league wins the All-Star game, receives home-field advantage during the World Series”, the All-Star game returned to it’s the truest form, an exhibition. But, the Astros were found to have been guilty of cheating… blatantly cheating. It resulted in the Astros manager getting suspended for the entire season.

Why should the Astros manager still manage the All-Star game, when AJ Hinch would have still been serving his suspension during the game? The next obvious managerial candidate for the game is the manager who came in second to the Astros last season, Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees.

Baseball has to make up its mind once and for all on the Astros. Are they going to punish the team, or not?

Our 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selections

With Major League Baseball’s All-Star voting coming to an end last night, here are my selections for this year’s mid-summer classic. Before getting to the list, I just want to say my selections are not a prediction and I tried to keep my New York Mets interest to the side. This means they could be dramatically different than the numbers from the fan voting. One of the biggest problems with the fan vote is many players who are having great years are over shadowed by players having down years but are very popular. Each player on this list could easily be taken out for a player having a year just as strong.

American League Starters (# appearance if selected)

Catcher: Wilson Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays (2nd)

First Base: Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox (2nd)

Second Base: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros (6th)

Third Base: Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians (2nd)

Shortstop: Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles (4th)

Left Field: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox (3rd)

Center Field: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (7th)

Right Field: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees (2nd)

Designated Hitter: J.D. Martinez (2nd)

Starting Pitcher: Luis Severino, New York Yankees (2nd)

American League Reserves

Catcher: Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians (1st)

First Base: Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays (2nd)

Second Base: Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics (1st), Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees (1st)

Third Base: Alex Bregman, Houston Astros (1st), Miguel Andujar, New York Yankees (1st), Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals (3rd)

Shortstop: Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels (1st), Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians (3rd)

Outfield: Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners (1st), Eddie Rosario, Minnesota Twins (1st), Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers (1st)

Designated Hitters: Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners (6th), Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers (1st)

American League Pitchers

Starting Pitchers: Justin Verlander,Houston Astros (7th), Gerrit Cole, Houston Astros (2nd), Charlie Morton, Houston Astros (1st), James Paxton, Seattle Mariners (2nd), Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians (1st), Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians (3rd), Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox (7th), Blake Snell, Tampa Bay Rays (1st)

Relief Pitchers: Blake Treinen, Oakland Athlets (1st), Collin McHugh, Houston Astros (1st), Edwin Diaz, Seattle Mariners (1st), Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees (5th)

National League Starters

Catcher: J.T. Realmuto, Miami Marlins (1st)

First Base: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves (3rd)

Second Base: Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati Reds (1st)

Third Base: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies (4th)

Shortstop: Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies (1st)

Left Field: Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers (3rd)

Center Field: Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies (3rd)

Right Field: Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves, (1st)

Designated Hitter: Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers (1st)

Starting Pitcher: Jacob deGrom, New York Mets (2nd)

National League Reserves

Catcher: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals (9th)

First Base: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds (6th)

Second Base: Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves (1st), Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs (1st)

Third Base: Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals (4th), Eugenio Suarez, Cincinnati Reds (1st)

Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants (2nd)

Outfielders: Brandon Nimmo, New York Mets (1st), Albert Almora, Chicago Cubs (1st),

Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates (1st)

National League Pitchers

Starting Pitchers: Mike Foltynewicz, Atlanta Braves (1st), Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies (1st), Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals (6th), Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs (5th), Miles Mikolas, St. Louis Cardinals (1st)

Relief Pitchers: Sean Doolittle, Washington Nationals (2nd), Jeremy Jefferes, Milwaukee Brewers (1st), Josh Hader, Milwaukee Brewers (1st), Jordan Hicks, St. Louis Cardinals (1st), Archie Bradley, Arizona Diamondbacks (1st), Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers (3rd), Brad Hand, San Diego Padres (2nd)

There are plenty of well deserving players to make this years All-Star Game. For the first time it could end up as a Subway Series matchup on the mound. The ASG will take place July 17th at Nationals Park in Washington. If anyone has a player they would have like to see on the list, give us your feed back on our Twitter @EmpireSportsNYM