Though Major League Baseball has taken steps to improve the player selection process for its All-Star Game, worthy individuals will inevitably be snubbed from the 2013 rosters. Stellar statistics and sportsmanship often aren't enough.
Fan voting is an enemy of fairness. Position players chosen by the viewing public to start the Midsummer Classic tend to have big personalities, impressive track records or the luxury of playing in a large media market. They aren't necessarily the most qualified.
The other route to the Midsummer Classic requires support from players and managers, many of whom rely on gut feelings over meaningful statistics. Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers and Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants will lead the AL and NL teams, respectively, so meeting their standards of excellence is going to be a factor. Then there's that silly rule which mandates that all 30 teams need a representative, whether or not they actually deserve one.
We cannot anticipate injuries or the next month-and-a-half of performance. Perhaps some of the following borderline All-Stars will dominate from Memorial Day onward to ensure their inclusion.
But if the decisions were being made today, they would likely be undervalued and left home.
*All statistics accurate as of May 27.