#SHAME!!! My gripe with Josh Donaldson and Grant Balfour not making the All-Star team

These two should be on the All-Star team.

The Oakland Athletics are one of three American League teams with 50 wins. They hold the fifth best record in baseball right now. They are only three games back from the best record in baseball. They only have one All-Star representative.

Pitcher Bartolo Colon was the only Athletic selected and he deserves it. But that means once again, the A’s don’t have a position player on the All-Star roster again. The last one was catcher Ramon Hernandez in 2003.

Josh Donaldson should have been considered. He doesn’t even make it as a reserve. He’s not even on the Final Vote. Closer Grant Balfour is in the middle of a streak in which he’s converted 40 straight save opportunities. He’s not on the roster or for the final vote. I don’t know what more these two needed to do just to be even considered for the Final Vote.

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Grant Balfour improvises camouflage cap with a couple Sharpies


With Independence Day yesterday, teams throughout Major League Baseball wore camouflage caps to honor the military that served to provide us freedom in America.

It’s a nice gesture and all proceeds of these caps sold at stadiums and online go directly to the Welcome Back Veterans Fund, so it’s a good thing all around.

As I was watching the A’s-Red Sox game on TV yesterday, I noticed that reliever Grant Balfour’s cap was not the issues camouflaged cap. (This is what it is supposed to look like.) It appears to be a regular home cap with the logo filled in with marks from a Sharpie.

I asked some beat writers but none of them were able to get a chance to ask Balfour why he wore that. Did he misplace his cap? Is it because he’s Australian? I wonder what the reason is.