Hank Steinbrenner supports A-Rod, who takes All-Star snub in stride

Baseball Snubbed as an All-Star, Alex Rodriguez has support where you might expect it — from Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner — and where you might not — from Donald Trump, ESPN reported.In the end, the person A-Rod most needed to support him as an All-Star — American League manager Ned Yost — didn’t. MORE: All-Star Game snubs | Worst ASG starters of last 40 years | ‘s worst everyday playersSteinbrenner, speaking before A-Rod (.284/.390/.513) was officially left off the AL roster, alluded to the slugger overcoming his injury history, age (39) and season-long suspension in 2014 for PED use. “I think it’s one of the greatest comeback years any player has ever had. It’s an amazing year,” Steinbrenner said. “The bad hips, all the other stuff, the more than a year off at his age. To come back and do what he’s done is pretty amazing.”Even Trump — who three years ago on New York talk radio called for Steinbrenner to tell A-Rod “You’re fired!” — had kind words for the Yankees slugger, telling him has had a “helluva season” and to keep it up.As for A-Rod himself, as the New York P

ost noted, he continued his post-suspension role as good soldier.Less than an hour before the announcement, he stood before a crowd at Trump’s golf course at Ferry Point, at a dinner celebrating Hank’s Yanks (the youth baseball team championed by the Yankees owner) and declared, “We’re going to have a lot of fun in the second half of the year.”PHOTOS: A-Rod’s career in picturesLate Monday, A-Rod released a statement addressing his not being chosen to play for the AL next week in Cincinnati: “As I’ve said all season, my number one goal is helping the Yankees win a championship. I’m excited that we’re in a good position to get there. Of course it would have been an honor to represent the American League next week, but I’ll have fun cheering on the guys who were put on the team and watching them protect home field.”Mariners DH Nelson Cruz was voted in by fans as a starter, leaving A-Rod’s hopes to Yost, who said on ESPN (via NJ.com) that Rodriguez didn’t provide the kind of lineup flexibility the AL needed.”We talked about A-Rod a lot. You look back at this five-man vote and we have three infielders, two outfielders, and we felt that it was important that we don’t — we have Brock Holt that can play anywhere in the infield, but any other position we have a starter and a backup. In the outfield we have three starters and three backups. So I just felt very strongly that if we could get another infielder or another outfielder out of that five-man vote it would help us. That’s what went in that decision.”


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