Sosa, Rodriguez don't make NL team

July 03, 1996|By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE

PHILADELPHIA -- Sammy Sosa and his 26 homers -- out. Lance Johnson and his 12 triples -- in.

Andres Galarraga and his 75 RBIs -- out. Ozzie Smith and his 89 at-bats -- in.

Now it wasn't exactly true that more big-name players were left off the National League All-Star team yesterday than were put on it.

It just seemed like it.

National League manager Bobby Cox left off both the leading home-run hitter in the league -- the Cubs' Sosa -- and the runner-up -- Montreal's Henry Rodriguez (25 homers, 69 RBIs).

Cox also did not select Colorado's Galarraga, who was second in the league in RBIs and fifth in homers (with 22). And he left off Braves masher Ryan Klesko, who also had 22 homers.

The National League pitching staff didn't include three of the five leading winners in the league or two of the top three in saves.

Cox did select four Braves pitchers, the most ever from one team. They were likely starter John Smoltz, along with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and closer Mark Wohlers. Cox has six Braves -- the most All-Stars from one National League team since the 1988 Cubs had six.

Among the everyday players lopped off the AL roster was Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams (.328, 15 homers, 53 RBIs).

"If we had 45 spots," AL manager Mike Hargrove said, "we could have put everyone on the team that deserved it."

Pub Date: 7/04/96

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