NEW YORK -- If Jeurys Familia is letting the disappointment of not making it to the All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile bring him down, he's not showing it. Familia skipped through the Mets' clubhouse Friday afternoon, jabbering with locker room sage Bartolo Colon as he went, less than an hour before voting closed on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote.
Familia has said that he plans to spend the break with his newly expanded family -- his son, Jeurys Jr., was born June 12 -- if he wasn't selected to the game. And now it's official. Barring an injury that warrants a replacement, Familia won't be participating after finishing the polling in last place, the position he held since being named to the ballot Monday.
After locking down Friday's 4-2 win over the D-backs, Familia has 25 saves and a 1.31 ERA and was just one of a quartet of strong candidates to finish behind Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez. Martinez benefited from a sizzling final-day surge to leapfrog Reds starter Johnny Cueto and finished ahead of Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, and Familia.
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It's perhaps unfair that Familia stays home while five other closers represent the National League, at least statistically. His 25 saves are tied for fourth in the Majors, and his batting average against stands at a stingy .179. He's posted six more saves than Milwaukee's Francisco Rodriguez, and 11 more than Philadelphia's Jonathan Papelbon, both of whom benefited from the rule that requires each team to have an representative.
Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.