Man, did Aaron Hill get screwed.
Apparently a .300 batting average and hitting for not one, but two cycles in the first half of the season isn't enough to be named an All-Star, let alone make it to the big show via the Final Vote.
Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying that David Freese doesn't deserve to be an All-Star—he picked up right where he left off last October—but Hill's body of work seems more deserving.
Freese is hitting a solid .285/.332/.472 with 13 homers, 50 RBI, 37 runs and 82 total hits.
Hill's line is .297/.354/.507 with 11 HR, 39 RBI, 37 runs and 89 hits.
And it's not just his offense that has been impressive, as Hill has been exceptional at second base for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season.
He's committed just four errors in 378 total chances, while Freese has five errors in just 186 total chances.
As Fangraphs shows, Hill's 2.8 WAR bests Freese's 1.6 WAR.
Did Aaron Hill deserve to be an All-Star?
Per MLB.com, Hill finished last in the NL Final Vote promotion behind Freese, Michael Bourn and Bryce Harper.
Personally, I was shocked to see that the fans failed to acknowledge Hill and vote him into the All-Star Game.
Then again, somehow, fans voted Pablo Sandoval to start over David Wright and apparently think Buster Posey's 2012 campaign has been better than that of Carlos Ruiz or Yadier Molina.
If anything, I thought the Bryce Harper sensation would take over and Harper would be a shoo-in for the last All-Star spot.
That being said, the All-Star Game and the Final Vote are popularity contests, plain and simple.
Again, no disrespect to Freese, but his outstanding October that led to the St. Louis Cardinals' 2011 World Series title is the reason he's an All-Star this season.
Sure, he's put together a solid season so far, but he hasn't outperformed Hill—his name is just more popular.
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