Clay Holmes’ All-Star selection starts blame game on social media

Yankees’ Clay Holmes reacts after the ninth inning against the Red Sox, Friday, July 5, 2024, in New York.

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The baseball world buzzed with disbelief and dismay when Clay Holmes, the Yankees’ closer with a roller-coaster season, was named to the All-Star roster, joining high-profile teammates Aaron Judge and Juan Soto. Despite a promising start to the season, Holmes’ recent performance had fans and critics alike questioning his selection, especially given the vocal dissatisfaction from the baseball community online.

A record-breaking 0.00 start, followed by Yankees’ downfall

Clay Holmes’ journey from a relatively obscure reliever in Pittsburgh to an All-Star in pinstripes has been nothing short of cinematic. Initially celebrated for his standout performances early in the season, Holmes collected 19 saves for the Yankees, showcasing his potential as a dominant closer. However, his season narrative took a drastic turn as his ERA ballooned from an impeccable 0.00 in early outings to a concerning 3.00 in the weeks leading up to the All-Star break.

Clay Holmes’ struggles became particularly pronounced in June, where in just seven appearances, he gave up 11 hits and eight earned runs, including two home runs, over merely 6⅔ innings. His performance issues culminated in a particularly painful moment against Boston, where he blew a save in the ninth inning, squandering what could have been a vital win for the Yankees, and taking his blown save total up to five.

Despite these setbacks, Clay Holmes maintained a reflective outlook on his season. “When you do reflect back, it puts things in perspective,” Holmes said. “You don’t get fully high or fully low where you are in the moment.” His contributions to the team were evidently enough for the Commissioner’s Office to select him as an All-Star, a decision that Holmes himself found somewhat surprising given the recent downturn in his stats.

Fans outrage over commissioner’s Clay Holmes choice for All-Star game

The decision to include Holmes on the All-Star team has not gone unnoticed or unopined upon by the Yankees faithful and the baseball community at large. Social media platforms and forums lit up with reactions ranging from confusion to outright anger. User Nwf32389 commented, “Lol because Manfred is a fraud who hates baseball and apparently doesn’t watch it,” reflecting a sentiment that the selection was more political than performance-based.

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Another user, DNF_zx, compared Holmes’ selection to an unpopular schoolkid being reluctantly picked for a team: “That’s embarrassing. That’s like when the teacher has to stick you with a group because nobody wanted to pick you as a partner.” Such comparisons underscore the perceived injustice of Holmes’ selection over other players like Luis Gil, who, despite a rough patch, did not receive the nod.

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The controversy around Clay Holmes’ selection raises questions about the criteria for All-Star selections and whether they adequately reflect merit or are swayed by other factors, such as marketability or narrative. As the All-Star Game approaches, the debate continues, not just about Holmes’ worthiness but about the transparency and fairness of Major League Baseball’s selection processes.

Clay Holmes, for his part, remains grateful for the opportunity to represent his team at such a prestigious event, viewing it as a significant honor. “This place means a lot to me,” he expressed. “To be able to represent the team is something I don’t take lightly.” As he prepares to join the league’s finest in Arlington, the discourse surrounding his selection will likely persist, serving as a poignant reminder of the complexities and controversies that often underpin professional sports achievements. What do you think? Leave your comment below!

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