Many people thought Matt Holliday should have been on the All-Star roster to begin with. Others believed some how, some way he’d end up on the team yet.
Well, he is officially on the 2012 All-Star Game roster. But, not under circumstances that ignite celebration like yesterday’s #FreesePlease campaign did. Holliday is in, but Yadier Molina is out, due to family circumstances.
Yadier Molina, selected to his fourth straight All-Star Game, has left the club to return to Puerto Rico. His wife’s grandmother passed away, so Molina is heading home to spend a few days with family.
The Cardinals have placed him on the bereavement list and have called up catcher Bryan Anderson to fill Molina’s roster spot temporarily. The club does not expect to have Molina back until after the All-Star break.
Matt Holliday has been steadily building his All-Star case, after a less-than-spectacular start. He’s currently hitting .318 with a .397 on-base percentage, .526 slugging percentage, with 20 doubles, 14 homers and 56 RBI.
In the last 18 games, he has posted a .500 average while knocking in 21 runs.
It may not be the most ideal situation, but congratulations to Holliday. This will be his sixth All-Star Game appearance.
We also send our sincerest sympathies to the Molina family at this time.