MLB All-Star Voting 2013: Most Undeserving Players to Make Roster
It seems like every season there is at least one player who makes the MLB All-Star team that doesn't deserve to be there.
This season is no different, as there were several odd inclusions on the roster that had many scratching their heads.
From an overrated slugger to a utility player getting way too much credit, these are the most undeserving players headed to the 2013 All-Star Game.
Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Ben Zobrist has been one of the most underrated players in baseball the past couple of seasons.
This season, he's one of the most overrated players.
Zobrist is hitting .262 with five home runs and an on-base percentage of .348 this season. And for those of you interested in WAR, Zobrist has a WAR of 1.4 this season, compared to his WAR of 8.5 in 2011 and 5.6 in 2012.
In fact, Zobrist said himself, via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:
#Rays Zobrist on making AL All-Star team: "I was shocked,''— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) July 6, 2013
And while Zobrist has demonstrated his versatility by playing second base, shortstop and right field for the Rays, production should ultimately be the biggest factor in selecting an All-Star.
Scott Reiss of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area tweeted:
Getting tired of the "versatility" argument for Zobrist as an all-star. 40 guys should be there before him.— Scott Reiss (@ScottReissCSN) July 7, 2013
Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates
While Pedro Alvarez has blasted 22 home runs already, his low batting average and on-base percentage should be noted.
Alvarez is hitting .246 with an on-base percentage of .307 this season. Among 18 eligible third basemen this season, Alvarez ranks 12th and 13th in batting average and on-base percentage, respectively. His WAR of 2.0 ranks 11th.
On top of that, Alvarez hasn't been sharp on defense. He has already committed 15 errors this season, ranking 21st out of 23 eligible third basemen in fielding percentage.
Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants
Marco Scutaro is hitting .311 this season, but he's only managed two home runs, 19 RBI and 35 runs. His on-base percentage of .364 is also low considering his batting average.
Factor in that Scutaro ranks dead last among eligible second basemen in fielding percentage (.969) and it's hard to make a great argument for the 37-year-old.
Scutaro is a decent, serviceable player this season, but he's not deserving of an All-Star selection. Several other players deserved the nod over him.
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