MLB All-Star Game 2012: Fans Shouldn't Blame Managers for All-Star Snubs

Ryan GerbosiCorrespondent IIJuly 2, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22:  Manager Tony La Russa walks onto the field in the seventh inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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It's easy to point the finger of blame at managers for leaving players off the 2012 MLB All-Star rosters.

Managers are given a roster of starters and are told to add who they think fits, giving them power to make final decisions on every player not put in by the fans.

This year, Tony LaRussa and Ron Washington were given the reins and told to pick the best team they could.

Unfortunately for them, LaRussa and Washington were destined for conflict and criticism before they even began. 

Each year, they are doomed to be yelled at by the very people who crucify them as incapable: the fans.

Put yourself in LaRussa's shoes for this scenario:

The best third baseman over the course of the season in the National League has been David Wright. With the second-best batting average (.354) and OPS (1.006) in the NL, Wright earned himself a spot on the roster.

Adding Wright was an easy choice for LaRussa to make, but he shouldn't have had to make that decision.

The fans again put the manager in an awkward position by placing Pablo Sandoval in the starting role.

Sandoval is hitting .300—a solid number for any player and a good target to shoot for. However, Sandoval missed a good chunk of this season with a hand injury and has only played in 45 of San Francisco's 80 games this year.

Despite this, the fans still voted Sandoval in as the best third baseman in baseball.

Now, LaRussa has to waste his reserve spot on Wright—the player who should be the starter—and is unable to add another infielder who is deserving like Aaron Hill.

Obviously the All-Star game is about the fans, and they should have the right to decide who plays. But if they don't like how the managers pick their players, maybe the fans should blame themselves first.