Sunday, July 20, 2014

Girardi: Betances Should've Pitched in All Star Game

After Tuesday's All Star Game concluded without Yankees Reliever Dellin Betances ever getting a chance to pitch, the youngster made sure the media knew that he wasn't upset about what transpired.

The 26-year-old rookie, currently 4-0 with a 1.42 ERA, was the only non-starter on the AL team who wasn't used, an unlucky happening you'd expect to at least frustrate him.

However, so far that doesn't appear to be the case, although his Manager Joe Girardi has now come out and claimed that all players on the roster should play, an opinion he recently revealed to The Star Ledger's Kevin Manahan.

"I would have liked to have seen him get in," Girardi said Saturday. "Obviously, you don't want to see him go two or three innings, but I understand that. You have to hold somebody back. That's why I talk about if you go, you should get a chance to play in the game. I really do. But that is not the way it is."

In the Mid Summer Classic's top of the ninth, Red Sox Manager John Farrell put in Twins' Closer Glen Perkins to finish things, even allowing him to get three outs. 

Now while Farrell's wanting to please the home crowd here is understandable, letting one man go a full inning is not exactly common, making Girardi's argument legitimate.

It would've been easy for Farell to let Betances face a hitter in that last frame, but instead the former seemed to be more concerned with a perfect ending, something most competitive sports simply aren't about.

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