Pat Burrell and Cole Hamels were both left off the roster for the National League when the rosters for the MLB All-Star Game were announced on Sunday. Burrell, could still get added to the roster as the "32nd man" as part of fan balloting running through 5 p.m. Thursday July 10th.
Hamels has posted a 9-5, 3.22 mark this season in 18 starts and has thrown two complete games this season. Hamels leads the NL in innings pitched (128.2) and is third in strikeouts (110) on the season. He's also the only NL pitcher to throw two strikeouts this season.
NL Manager Clint Hurdle of the Rockies may have given the final starter's spot on the roster to Aaron Cook, one of his own starters, over Hamels. On the season, Cook is 11-6, 3.66 in 19 starts and also has two complete games to his record. Another mysterious pick is reliever Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants, who made the team although he is just 0-1 with a 4.37 ERA in 36 games in relief. A Major League rule requiring one player from every team to be on the roster may have forced the choices of two pitchers, although both have legitimate numbers to make the roster. Cincinnati starter Edison Volquez is the only member of the Reds to make the club and closer Billy Wagner of the New York Mets is the only member of the Mets to make the club, although teammate David Wright is one of Burrell's opponents to win the 32nd man voting.
Burrell's other opponents include Wright, Milwaukee's Corey Hart, Houston's Carlos Lee and former Phillie Aaron Rowand of the Giants.
The starting outfield will feature Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and the Cubs' Kosuke Fukudome. Fans also voted in Chicago's Alfonso Soriano, but he is on the DL and won't be ready to return in time for the game. Burrell's numbers compare very favorably to both Braun and Fukudome; Burrell has a line of 21-53-.278, while Braun is 21-59-.284 and Fukudome stands at 7-35-.287 on the year. Soriano hasn't played since June 11th, but is hitting .283 with 15 home runs and 40 RBI.
This year's game will be played in Yankee Stadium, which is in its' final year of operation, being replaced by a new Yankee Stadium which will open next season in The Bronx.