Fake News: Taijuan Walker denies report saying he declined an All-Star Game Invite
Earlier this week, Jon Heyman reported that Phillies’ pitcher Taijuan Walker refused a spot on the National League All-Star roster because he “already had family plans”.
Jon Heyman on Taijuan Walker via New York Post
“Taijuan Walker was asked to be on the All-Star team as a replacement, but he already had family plans. Scott Boras, agent for both Walker and Blake Snell, said he was disappointed Snell, a Seattle product, wasn’t then asked to take that spot.” via New York Post
The popular website, Phillies Nation, then wrote about the report from Heyman which caught the attention of Walker who then denied the report on Twitter.
Side Note: There are a ton of things I could write about Phillies Nation and the fact that they think they are so much better than other websites because they have media credentials but this time around, they were just referencing a report from a national media outlet in the New York Post.
Why anyone would trust Jon Heyman, however, is beyond me.
There are countless examples of inaccurate reporting and flat out bizarre tweets from this guy over the years.
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Always good to double and triple check that type of shit. Credentialed reporters who think they are better than everyone should know that, right?
In addition to the #FakeNews tweet with the Phillies Nation article, Walker provided more inside about the report and how if he had an opportunity to be an All-Star that he would have been there in a heartbeat.
Walker was certainly deserving of a spot on the National League All-Star team. He posted a 10-3 record in 18 starts during the first half of the year in his debut season with the Phillies.
Taijuan Walker has a 4.02 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP, striking out 85 in just over 96.1 innings pitched.
The Phillies will open up a 4-game series at Citizens Bank Park tomorrow night against the San Diego Padres.