Minnesota’s Justin Morneau pulled out of the All-Star game today because of a concussion. Yankees manager Joe Girardi selected Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko to replace him instead of Kevin Youkilis.
Youkilis is hitting .293 with a .408 on-base percentage, a .579 slugging percentage, 18 home runs and 57 RBIs. Konerko is hitting .299 with a .380 on-base percentage, a .559 slugging percentage, 20 home runs and 62 RBIs.
If advanced stats are your thing, Youkilis has a 3.4 WAR, Konerko is at 2.0.
“It’s a hard choice to make. I could have taken him or Youkilis Konerko’s hitting slightly higher, has a couple more home runs and couple more RBIs. I went with Konerko. They both deserve to be there; that’s the problem with this,” Girardi said.
The Yankees manager said his decision had nothing to do with Youkilis being a member of the Red Sox and the rivalry between the teams.
“I’m looking at the numbers, the numbers are close and one guy’s numbers are a little bit better,” he said. “I took the guy whose numbers are a little bit better.”
It was the second Star setback in a week for Youkilis, who on Thursday learned he had lost the on-line Final Vote competition by a close margin to New York’s Nick Swisher.