2012 MLB All-Star Snubs: Players Who Got Royally Screwed over in Award Voting

David DanielsSenior Writer IJuly 1, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 28: Johnny Cueto #47 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park on June 28, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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Ninety percent of sports fans are stupid.

While the knowledgeable 10 percent is intelligent enough to vote the right players into the MLB All-Star Game, the vast majority make lists like this possible.

And the 90 percent shouldn't take their incompetency too hard—the managers blew it, too.

Out of all the 2012 snubs, here are four of the worst.


4. James McDonald

In 10 starts this season, McDonald has gone 7-3 with a 2.44 ERA, good for sixth in MLB. His 0.98 WHIP is the fourth-best in the majors, and so is the .200 batting average that he allows.

You’d be hard-pressed to find 13 pitchers in all of baseball who are having a better year than McDonald, but somehow, someway, fans and Tony La Russa found 13 pitchers in the National League alone who are supposedly more worthy.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Starting pitcher James McDonald #53 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 27, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Get
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3. Zack Greinke

Greinke paired his 2.82 ERA with nine wins going into the All-Star break, a mark that has him ranked sixth in the majors. He's also seventh in MLB in strikeouts and one of only two pitchers with more than seven wins who has surrendered less than five home runs.

Like McDonald, though, Greinke's resume apparently wasn't impressive enough to warrant top-13 NL honors.


2. A.J. Pierzynski

Pierzynski is batting .285, has 14 home runs and 45 RBI. He's ranked sixth amongst all catchers in batting average, second in homers and first in RBI.

That trio of numbers is superior to Mike Napoli and Matt Wieters, who were awarded roster spots.

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 11:  A.J. Pierzynski #12 of the Chicago White Sox hits a single as catcher Humberto Quintero #33 of the Kansas City Royals looks on in the sixth inning at U.S. Cellular Field on May 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Get
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1. Johnny Cueto

Has Cueto gotten away with murder? I mean, that's the only logical explanation of him being left off of the All-Star roster.

Like Greinke, Cueto has already recorded nine wins on the season. His 2.26 ERA is the fifth-best in MLB, and R.A. Dickey is the only pitcher in the majors who has more wins and a better ERA than Cueto.

To top it all off, he's only allowed five home runs—not good enough, though.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.