Two Kansas City Royals pitchers were added to the American League All-Star roster Monday, which brings Kansas City to an MLB-high six representatives, while New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez was left off the team for the Midsummer Classic.
"The one thing that Kelvin did that a lot of these guys didn't do was pitch in Game 7 of the World Series last year," Yost said. "That was kind of the deciding factor for me."
There was no room on the roster for Rodriguez, enjoying a renaissance in his return to the Yankees following a season-long drug suspension.
"As I've said all season, my No. 1 goal is helping the Yankees win a championship. I'm excited that we're in a good position to get there," Rodriguez said in a statement. "Of course it would have been an honor to represent the American League next week, but I'll have fun cheering on the guys who were put on the team and watching them protect home field."
Rodriguez is among the top three AL designated hitters in five offensive categories: batting average (.284), home runs (16), hits (77), on-base percentage (.390) and runs (45). He has a higher WAR than Nelson Cruz, who won the DH voting, but Rodriguez was not selected for his 15th All-Star appearance.
"We spent a lot of time debating his name," said Yost, who preferred the versatility of an extra infielder or outfielder. "We felt we were covered in the DH. ... We wanted to get Alex Rodriguez on there and couldn't."
Three players who served drug-related suspensions following MLB's investigation of the Biogenesis of America clinic were named All-Stars. Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal was a first-time selection, joining Seattle slugger Nelson Cruz and St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who were elected by fans to start.
The Royals have a chance for a seventh All-Star, as Mike Moustakas was listed for the Final Vote. Fans will select among him, Xander Bogaerts, Yoenis Cespedes, Brian Dozier and Brett Gardner for the last AL roster spot.
Bryant became an All-Star less than three months after making his major league debut. He was one of two rookies selected along with Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson.
The 23-year-old Bryant made his big league debut April 17 and began Monday with a .279 average, 12 homers and 49 RBIs.
"I've been at some all-star games, but I don't think anything can compare to making the major league All-Star team," Bryant said.
Bryant said he is open to participating in the home run derby, as did Pederson.
"It's all happened so quick. I've just been having so much fun with this, my baseball career," Bryant said. "Right now, it's a pretty special feeling for me."
Another potential injury replacement is for outfielder Matt Holliday, who is currently on the disabled list with a quad injury. If he can't play in the game, Pederson will replace him as the starter and Bochy will select another bench reserve.
Pittsburgh pitcher A.J. Burnett, in his 17th and what he says will be his final season, became an All-Star for the first time. At 38, he is the oldest player headed to the game.
"It's cool," Burnett said. "We were hoping it would happen, but like a lot of things in baseball, it was out of our control."
AL starting pitchers include Seattle's Felix Hernandez, Detroit's David Price, Chicago's Chris Sale, Houston's Dallas Keuchel, Oakland's Sonny Gray and Tampa Bay's Chris Archer. Among the NL starting pitchers are Washington's Max Scherzer, San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner, the Dodgers' Zack Greinke, the Mets' Jacob deGrom, Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole and Atlanta's Shelby Miller.
"New team. New league. It's just getting a look at everybody,'' said Scherzer, who left Detroit to sign a $210 million deal with the Nationals. "Everybody's getting their first look at me and the things I've done. I'm sure they'll make adjustments the rest of the year. That's why it's going to be a difficult challenge for me.''
The Cardinals lead the NL with five players on the All-Star roster. They could extend their lead with a sixth if Carlos Martinez is added to the team via the Final Vote, or they could be tied by the Dodgers if Clayton Kershaw is voted to the final roster spot. Johnny Cueto, Jeurys Familia and Troy Tulowitzki complete the NL's Final Vote ballot.
Kershaw, the reigning Cy Young and NL MVP, said he didn't expect to be chosen for the All-Star team: "I wasn't expecting it. ... I had no expectations one way or the other."
Voting for the last roster spot ends at 4 p.m. ET Friday.
There are 16 All-Stars born outside the United States, with six Venezuelans, five Dominicans, three Cubans, one Canadian and one Puerto Rican.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPN's Wallace Matthews and Mark Saxon contributed to this report.