White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has voiced strong opinions for being left off the American League All-Star roster. He took shots at both Rangers manager Ron Washington and catcher Mike Napoli.
Washington told reporters after the teams were announced that he felt bad that Pierzynski wasn't on the roster.
"I consider him a winning player because he beats you any kind of way he can," Washington said. "He beats you mentally, he beats you physically. So I feel really bad for Pierzynski."
Pierzynski responded by saying, "If he felt that bad, he would have put me on the team. He had an opportunity to and he didn't do it. Obviously he can feel as bad as he wants, but he didn't feel that bad."
Washington reiterated on Tuesday afternoon that his comments on Pierzynski came from his heart.
"I said what I said, I brought up Pierzynski's name," Washington said. "There was more than me that had an opportunity."
Pierzynski was passed over by the fans and players, and Washington selected Twins catcher Joe Mauer as Minnesota's lone representative.
Napoli was the fans' choice at catcher, but Pierzynski ripped that selection. CBSsports.com baseball writer Jon Heyman tweeted that he consoled Pierzynski about his snub, pointing out that Napoli is a good hitter.
According to Heyman's tweet, Pierzynski said: "Yeah, if you consider .230 good."
Napoli is batting .235 with 12 home runs and 30 RBIs so far this season.
Napoli declined to comment on the situation, saying: "I'm not going to talk about any of that A.J. stuff."
-- Drew Davison