After Gleyber Torres was overlooked for the AL All-Star team Wednesday, when Tampa Bay’s Brandon Lowe and Boston’s Xander Bogaerts were named as injury replacements, Aaron Boone didn’t hide his displeasure.
“I think it’s a joke he’s not on that team,’’ Boone said before the Yankees faced the Mets at Citi Field. “Gleyber Torres, not an All-Star? You can kick rocks on that one. That’s ridiculous.”
Lowe and Bogaerts will take the place of the Angels’ Tommy La Stella and Hunter Pence of Texas.
When it comes to the numbers, Lowe, Bogaerts and Torres aren’t far apart, with similar WAR, OPS and OPS-plus, but Boone pointed to some other parts of the game he believes should have set Torres apart.
“He’s been unbelievable for us, for a first-place club,’’ Boone said of Torres, who entered Wednesday hitting .295 with 19 homers and 48 RBIs. “The offensive consistency he’s had, the power, the on-base [ability], playing both positions in the middle of the infield, it doesn’t seem right to me that he’s not on that team.”
Torres has been a key part of a Yankees offense that has been without significant pieces throughout the season, with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andujar, Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez and — most recently — Luke Voit spending time on the injured list.