Today the New York-Penn League announced the rosters for the 2017 NY-Penn League All-Star Game in Troy, NY. The annual event has been hosted at various team stadiums since its inception in 2005 but this year something different happened.
No Staten Island Yankees players are to be found on either of the rosters. This will mark the first year that a team does not have a representative named to the All-Star Game and a big slap in the face to the team that has lead the McNamara Division for the majority of the 2017 season.
There are certainly plenty of Yankees players that were deserving of the nod including starting pitcher Jorge Guzman who has been one of the top starters in the league so far this season. In addition, the recently promoted Dom Thompson-Williams deserved to be named to the team at least. Wilkerman Garcia who has been one of the most consistent players all year for the Yankees is also certainly deserving of the nod as well as Braden Bristo who was recently promoted.
Players participating in the All-Star Game also receive a monetary bonus, something that no Staten Island pitchers will get this season.
In minor league all-star games, it is not uncommon for players who were recently promoted to be named to the team. We saw it earlier this year with Josh Rogers and Cody Carroll who were named to the Florida State League game but had been promoted to the Trenton Thunder when the announcement happened.