Chicago Cubs’ third baseman Aramis Ramirez has had an All-Star first half, but he came on too late to win the fan voting at third base, or to be named as a reserve when the initial decision was made.

And now, when he was named as a replacement, it looks like that, too, came too late.

Ramirez was asked yesterday to join the NL All-Star team after injuries forced a few previously-selected players from the game, but Ramirez declined.

‘‘It was the last day, so I already have plans for my family,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s just too late.’’

A third-base spot opened on the National League roster when elected starter Placido Polanco of the Philadelphia Phillies was scratched because of a sore back. NL manager Bruce Bochy selected Ramirez to replace Polanco and contacted the Cubs on Sunday.

Ramirez finished the first half hitting .298 with 15 home runs and 51 RBI — numbers that far exceed most major-league third basemen.

‘‘If [they asked Saturday], probably,’’ Ramirez said of accepting. ‘‘It gives you a day to [adjust]. But I show up this morning, and they told me. No chance. I couldn’t make it.’’ Chicago Sun-Times.





Completely understandable.

Still, it’s disappointing, if for no other reason than it’s fun to see Cubs in the All-Star game. Last year, Marlon Byrd – the Cubs’ sole (and league-required) representative – stole the show with an incredible defensive play, and the winning run. In an otherwise sunless season, it was a bright spot. Hopefully Starlin Castro can provide some fun this year, but Ramirez would have doubled the chances that we have a good time watching the All-Star game.

Shrug. Again – I totally understand, and even respect, Ramirez’s decision.


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