The MLB All-Star Game intends to feature baseball’s brightest studs, but the AL and NL squads consist of some players who will soon become afterthoughts.
At this time last year, Jair Jurrjens received the prestigious honor of starting for the NL. He got shelled in the second half and just recently returned to the majors after a Triple-A demotion.
In every All-Star Game, the baseball community lavishly praises undeserving players who will not meet the lofty expectations set after three strong months. ESPN and Fox are not going to devote part of their coverage to explaining why a player’s peripheral stats indicate a second-half letdown.
Too cynical for the casual baseball fan? Probably, but how many people were brainwashed by Joe Buck and Tim McCarver into believing Jurrjens was baseball’s best young pitcher during last year’s game?
Expect these players who earned an All-Star bid to fall from stardom with subpar second halves. In a year or two, you will think back to the 2012 All-Star Game and wonder how these guys played a part in the contest.