Who did not make the All-Star Team for the Reds overshadowed who made it. Joey Votto was voted in by the fans. Aroldis Chapman was voted in by the players. And Jay Bruce made it on the coaches' selection. Brandon Phillips and Johnny Cueto did not make it. Reds manager Dusty Baker directly blamed Tony La Russa, who will manage the National League team, for that. He thinks the brawl between the Reds and the Cardinals led to the snub. "I'm happy for the guys who made it big time, especially for Chapman," Baker said. "You figured that Joey would make it. We knew Jay had an outside chance. You also figured that Johnny Cueto and Brandon Phillips had a great chance. I don't understand that one. "A snub like that looks bad. Johnny and Brandon were at the center of a skirmish between us and the Cardinals. Some of the Cardinals who aren't there anymore are making some of the selections." Baker knew the media would play up his comments. "Maybe they should," he said. La Russa responded to Baker's comments to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "If Dusty had been more interested in Cueto being on the team, then he wouldn't be pitching him on Sunday. Cueto probably would be on the team if he wasn't pitching Sunday. "The comments Dusty made clearly disappoint me and are attacking my integrity. The All-Star experience is too important to let anything stand in the way of a decision like that. "No way am I going to penalize anybody for any kind of past history. The fact is that Cueto is going to be pitching on Sunday. Some other day, he's probably on the team." Cueto is 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA. He's fifth in the NL in ERA and first over the last two years. His ERA is better than six of the seven starting pitchers who made the team. Phillips is hitting .288 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI. He is the best defensive second baseman in the league. Baker did not talk to La Russa. "Too late now," Baker said. "What are we going to talk about now? If you're going to talk to me, you talk before. If they wanted my opinion, they would have asked. I'm sure it's not just Tony's decision." In fairness to La Russa, Cueto and Phillips were not voted in by the players either.
Johnny Cueto, Brandon Phillips snubs anger Reds
Cincinnati Enquirer | Jul 2