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Plenty of All-Stars have artifacts in Hall of Fame

The National Baseball Hall of Fame didn’t exist when the All-Star Game had its beginnings in 1933 at old Comiskey Park in Chicago, but the connection between the Midsummer Classic and the Cooperstown museum that opened in 1939 has become enriched over the years.

More than 45 percent of the 68 All-Stars named to the 2012 American League and National League squads for Tuesday night’s game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., are already represented in Cooperstown by artifacts in the Hall of Fame’s permanent collection.

Of the Yankees who are on this year’s AL All-Star team, second baseman Robinson Cano is represented at the Hall by the bat he used when he became one of three Yankees to hit grand slams in a game Aug. 25, 2011. Center fielder Curtis Granderson has a jersey from the 2007 season and a bat from 2011 in the Hall. Pitcher CC Sabathia donated the spikes he wore April 16, 2009 in his first game at the current Yankee Stadium.

Shortstop Derek Jeter has more than a dozen artifacts in the collection, including his batting helmet and gloves from his 3,000th hit July 9, 2011 against the Rays at the Stadium.

Here are the other 2012 All-Stars and their artifacts at the Hall of Fame:

American League

Adrian Beltre (Rangers) – Bat used to hit grand slam on May 21, 2000; Team Dominican Republic jersey from 2006 World Baseball Classic; jersey from Game 4 of 2011 ALDS.
Billy Butler (Royals) – Cap from Sept, 26, 2009 game when he hit his 50th double of the season.
Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) – Batting helmet from Team Venezuela from the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Yu Darvish (Rangers) – Spikes from 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Prince Fielder (Tigers) – Jersey from 2011 All-Star Game; bat used by Fielder when he became the youngest player to hit 50 home runs in a season in 2007.
Josh Hamilton (Rangers) – Bat used when he hit four home runs in a game May 8, 2012.
Felix Hernandez (Mariners) – Cap from Team Venezuela at 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Ian Kinsler (Rangers) – Bat from his 6-for-6 game April 15, 2009
Joe Mauer (Twins) – Bat and jersey from the 2009 season, when he won his third AL batting title.
David Ortiz (Red Sox) – 2004 Red Sox home World Series jersey; batting helmet used in 2005 when he set the single-season home run record for a designated hitter; and spikes from when he set the all-time home run record for a DH Sept. 15, 2009.
Justin Verlander (Tigers) – Balls from 2007 and 2011 no-hitters and jersey from his 20th victory Aug. 27, 2011.
Jered Weaver (Angels) – Ball from June 20, 2009 when brothers Jered and Jeff Weaver opposed each other on the mound; ball and jersey from May 2, 2012 no-hitter.

National League

Carlos Beltran (Cardinals) – Jersey from 2004 postseason; cap worn while with Team Puerto Rico in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Melky Cabrera (Giants) – Batting helmet from when he hit for the cycle Aug. 2, 2009.
Matt Cain (Giants) – Ball, cap, spikes, first base and dirt from the pitching mound from his June 13, 2012 perfect game.
David Freese (Cardinals) – Game-worn jersey and bat from his Game 6 walk-off home run in the 2011 World Series.
Rafael Furcal (Cardinals) – Cap from his unassisted triple play Aug. 10, 2003.
Cole Hamels (Phillies) – 2008 World Series jersey.
Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) – Jersey from his 2011 Cy Young Award season.
Craig Kimbrel (Braves) – Spikes from his rookie record 41st save in 2011.
Jonathan Papelbon (Phillies) – Glove from the 2007 season.
Buster Posey (Giants) – Catcher’s mask and spikes from the 2010 World Series.
Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins) – Batting helmet from the final “Florida” Marlins game Sept. 28, 2011.
Stephen Strasberg (Nationals) – Cap worn in his major-league debut June 8, 2010.
Dan Uggla (Braves) – Bat from 2008 when he became one of four Marlins with at least 25 home runs.
Joey Votto (Reds) – Bat from his May 13, 2012 walk-off grand slam as part of a three-homer game.
David Wright (Mets) – Bat from Team USA from the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Class of 2012 Hall of Fame members Barry Larkin and Ron Santo left indelible marks in All-Star competition. Larkin was named to 12 All-Star Games (only Jeter, Luis Aparicio, Cal Ripken Jr. and Ozzie Smith have been selected to more All-Star Games as shortstops). Santo made nine All-Star appearances at third base. They will be enshrined July 22 during Hall of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown.

The connection between the All-Star Game and Cooperstown may best be summed up in the second annual game in 1934 at the Polo Grounds in New York. Counting players, managers and umpires, 31 future Hall of Famers took the field that day – the one game in baseball history that featured the most future Hall of Famers.

Good & bad about All-Star selections

The good news is that the Yankees will have six players on the American League roster, four in the starting lineup, for the All-Star Game July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix. The bad news is that several deserving players from the Yankees will not be making the trip next week to Arizona.

Let’s start with the positive. The Yankees will make up three-quarters of the AL starting infield for the third time in franchise history with second baseman Robinson Cano, third baseman Alex Rodriguez and shortstop Derek Jeter.

The only other time the Yankees had three infielders elected to the starting unit was for the 2004 game at Minute Maid Park in Houston with Rodriguez, Jeter and first baseman Jason Giambi.

The Yankees also had three starting infielders in 1980 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, but only one – shortstop Bucky Dent – had been elected by the fans. Graig Nettles started at third base as a replacement for injured George Brett of the Royals. The Brewers’ Paul Molitor was voted the starter at second base but had to be replaced due to injury as well. The Angels’ Bobby Grich was added to the roster, but the Yankees’ Willie Randolph started the game at the position.

This will mark the 10th time that the Yankees have had at least three infielders on the All-Star roster. First baseman Mark Teixeira’s failure to make the squad this year cost the Yankees the chance to have four infielders overall for the third time. The Yankees had four infield All-Stars in 2002 at Miller Park in Milwaukee (Jeter, Giambi, 2B Alfonoso Soriano, 3B Robin Ventura) and in 1939 at Yankee Stadium (1B Lou Gehrig, 2B Joe Gordon, 3B Red Rolfe, SS Frankie Crosetti). Giambi and Soriano were starters in 2004 and Gordon in 1939.

Other years in which the Yankees had three All-Star infielders were 1950 at Comiskey Park in Chicago (1B Tommy Henrich, 2B Jerry Coleman, SS Phil Rizzuto), 1957 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis (1B Moose Skowron, 2B Bobby Richardson, SS Gil McDougald), Game 1 in 1959 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh (Skowron, Richardson, SS Tony Kubek), Game 2 in 1959 at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles (Skowron, Kubek, McDougald) and 2006 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh (Cano, Jeter, Rodriguez).

Yankees catcher Russell Martin had led in the voting until the last week when he was passed by the Tigers’ Alex Avila. At least Martin made the team as an alternate. His handling of the Yanks’ pitching staff has been superb.

Mariano Rivera was an obvious choice for the staff despite his blown save Sunday, which ended a 26-save streak against National League clubs in inter-league play.

Now for the head-scratching stuff – why no Teixeira or CC Sabathia? And has anyone other than Yankees fans been paying attention to the season David Robertson is having?

Tex fell out of the balloting lead at first base last month behind the Red Sox’ Adrian Gonzalez, an admitted Most Valuable Player Award candidate, but still ran a strong second in the voting. The Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera cannot compare with Teixeira defensively and trails him in homers, 25-17, and RBI, 65-56, but his .328 batting average is 80 points higher than Tex’s.

Now, here’s the rub. Teixeira has been invited to participate in the Home Run Derby. Nice. He can’t be on the team but he can fly all the way to Phoenix and take part in an exercise that could ruin his swing. Ask Bobby Abreu or David Wright about that? Say no, Tex.

All Sabathia has done is lead the AL in victories with 11 and posted a 3.05 ERA. Oh, that’s right. Pitching victories do not count anymore. I guess that’s why there was room for Felix Hernandez on the staff. The word is that CC pitching Sunday before the Tuesday night All-Star Game hurt his chances of making the team. Dumb reason.

To his credit, AL manager Ron Washington of the Rangers said nice things about Robertson when Texas was in town and that he was given him strong consideration. With so many other Yankees on the team, Robertson didn’t stand much of a chance, particularly since every team needs to be represented. When you see the Royals’ Aaron Crow in the pre-game announcements, think of Robertson. Crow, also a set-up reliever, is Kansas City’ lone representative.

It is a tough break for Robertson, but he is no more deserving than Sabathia, so it is hard to say he was snubbed. A lot of people don’t like the baseball rule about All-Star Games having to have players from each team, but I think it is a good thing. The 2012 game is supposed to be in Kansas City. It would be a shame if someone from the Royals was not on the team.

Each club no matter where it is in the standings has someone who deserves All-Star recognition. That the Yankees have so many is a testament to the terrific season the team is having.