Earlier this afternoon, Tony LaRussa announced his starting lineup for the National League in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, which is tomorrow night on July 10 at 8 PM eastern time. The lineup itself was not too bad for the most part, but LaRussa did make one questionable decision.
Being that the All-Star Game is in Kansas City, an American League stadium, the DH rule will be in effect for this game. As a result, LaRussa had the freedom to choose which reserve hitter would start at DH. A few players in particular were worthy of the honor and LaRussa ultimately selected Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez as the starting DH for the National League, who was certainly worthy of the honor in a way.
While Gonzalez may have been worthy to a certain degree, the best choice for this honor was clearly Mets third baseman David Wright, who has asserted himself as not just the best hitter, but also the best position player in all of baseball right now. This does not mean that Gonzalez is not deserving at all, but rather that something is missing with Wright not being in the starting lineup.
Here are five reasons why Wright would have been the most worthy starting DH for the National League team.