MLB All-Star Game Snubbery

Chris Murphy@@SeeMurphsTweetsAnalyst IJuly 6, 2009

With the All-Star Game come snubs. It is what happens when you let the world vote when the world doesn't seem to know how to read numbers. 

What is more frustrating is the fact the game counts for home field advantage in the World Series, which is why allowing fans to vote needs to stop. If we are going to make it count, then you might as well take all the fun out of it and just have computers calculate the best players and not make it so every team is represented.

The World Series is kind of a big deal, and just handing it to a team based on what players on the Pirates do just does not make sense. 

It also doesn't make sense for anyone to turn on ESPN around All-Star time, or else we end up with guys like Tim Wakefield on the team.


American League Snubs

The Just Bad Luck Snubs

Miguel Cabrera (.323 BA, 16 HR, 47 RBI, 48 R, .389 OBP)

Responsible for the Snubbing

Kevin Youkilis (.301 BA, 14 HR, 47 RBI, 49 R, .423 OBP)

Those Affected by Secondhand Snubbing

Russell Branyan (.295 BA, 20 HR, 45 RBI, 47 R, .388 OBP)

This was just the wrong position to be at this year. Mark Teixeira and Justin Morneau had to be in, and then it was between Cabrera and Youkilis for the last spot at first base. It is hard to find anything incredibly different in their offensive production. 

As an All-Star coach, you have to go with Youkilis based on his far better glove and the fact Cabrera still has issues running the bases.

Branyan never had a chance playing in Seattle. On nearly any other team, Branyan's RBI numbers would be far higher, and he would get far more exposure.

The How Many Times Did Steve Berthiaume and Peter Gammons Vote Snub

Ian Kinsler (.256 BA, 19 HR, 51 RBI, 57 R, .333 OBP, 16 SB)

Responsible for the Snubbing

Dustin Pedroia (.290 BA, 3 HR, 36 RBI, 59 R, .368 OBP, 14 SB)

Those Affected by Secondhand Snubbing

Robinson Cano (.302 BA, 13 HR, 43 RBI, 52 R, .334 OBP, 4 SB)
Brian Roberts (.278 BA, 8 HR, 40 RBI, 62 R, .344 OBP, 17 SB)

When I saw how far Kinsler's batting average had fallen, I thought perhaps his not making it was justifiable. This was until I saw Curtis Granderson had made it with a .256 batting average as well.

Then when I saw Pedroia had not only replaced him, but was starting over Ben Zobrist and Aaron Hill, I smelled snubbery. Kinsler is tied for first in baseball in home runs and stolen bases at second base, and the rest of his numbers aren't too bad either.

Pedroia should not have made the team and certainly should not be starting. Zobrist, Hill, Kinsler, Cano, and Roberts all have better numbers than him.


Everything's Bigger in Texas, Including the Snubs

Chone Figgins (.312 BA, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 61 R, .389 OBP, 24 SB)

Responsible for the Snubbing

Michael Young (.314 BA, 10 HR, 33 RBI, 44 R, .370 OBP, 4 SB)

Those Affected by Secondhand Snubbing

Brandon Inge (.269 BA, 16 HR, 54 RBI, 48 R, .381 OBP)

Young should not be the representative of the Rangers. Figgins or Inge would have been far better selections.


The What Were You and Josh Hamilton Smoking/Sticking in Your Veins Snubs

Adam Lind (.318 BA, 18 HR, 57 RBI, 49 R, .384 OBP)
Jermaine Dye (.291 BA, 20 HR, 51 RBI, 49 R, .364 OBP)

Responsible for the Snubbing

Josh Hamilton (35 games played, .240 BA, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 20 R, .290 OBP)
Curtis Granderson (.256 BA, 18 HR, 43 RBI, 51 R, .341 OBP, 15 SB)

Those Affected by Secondhand Snubbing

Nelson Cruz (.270 BA, 20 HR, 49 RBI, 47 R, .334 OBP, 13 SB)

Essentially any outfielder should have made the All-Star team over Hamilton. I understand Granderson is arguable, but Lind and Dye beat him in everything except in stolen bases and lose by just two runs, while Cruz nearly matches his speed while beating him in the power numbers.

The Swing and a Miss by the Nation Snubs

Jered Weaver (8-3, 3.10 ERA, 86 K, 1.13 WHIP)

Responsible for the Snubbing

Tim Wakefield (10-3, 4.30 ERA, 53 K, 1.35 WHIP)

Those Affected by Secondhand Snubbing

Kevin Millwood (8-5, 2.80 ERA, 74 K, 1.24 WHIP)
Dallas Braden (6-7, 3.13 ERA, 67 K, 1.26 WHIP)

I'll never understand people's obsession with how many wins a pitcher has. Wins are completely out of a pitcher's control, and Millwood, Weaver, and Braden beat Wakefield in every category they can control. Easily the worst American League All-Star.

Closing Snubs

David Aardsma (2-2, 17 saves, 1.41 ERA, 48 K, 1.15 WHIP)

Responsible for the Snubbing

Brian Fuentes (0-2, 23 saves, 3.49 ERA, 30 K, 1.24 WHIP)

Once again, is it a pitcher's fault if he is not in closing situations more than other pitchers? Clearly Aardsma has far better pitching numbers than Fuentes. He only has fewer saves but has a better percentage with 17 saves in 18 opportunities versus Fuentes' 23 saves in 26 opportunities. Wins and saves are extremely overrated stats for pitchers.


All teams are still represented in the American League even with my changes. Texas loses their only representatives in Young and Hamilton but adds Millwood, Kinsler, or Cruz. The Rangers were the only team who lost all their representatives.


National League Snubs

Philly Cheese Snub

Mark Reynolds (.269 BA, 24 HR, 61 RBI, 53 R, .354 OBP, 13 SB)

Responsible for the Snubbing

Ryan Howard (.252 BA, 20 HR, 60 RBI, 47 R, .326 OBP, 3 SB)

Those Affected by Secondhand Snubbing

Matt Kemp (.305 BA, 10 HR, 44 RBI, 43 R, .369 OBP, 19 SB)
Adam Dunn (.264 BA, 22 HR, 59 RBI, 38 R, .401 OBP)
Michael Bourn (.289 BA, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 47 R, .359 OBP, 27 SB)
Shane Victorino (.300 BA, 5 HR, 35 RBI, 55 R, .363 OBP, 13 SB)

I understand these players do not play the same position as Howard, but since the National League already has Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, and Adrian Gonzalez at first base and Howard is a backup, I felt I could replace Howard with any one of them, but especially Reynolds. Not to mention the fact that Reynolds has far better numbers. 

Reynolds is top 10 in the National League in home runs (second), runs (seventh), slugging percentage (sixth), runs batted in (third), and stolen bases (ninth).

Chicks dig the long ball, and apparently so do voters. 

People may argue Freddy Sanchez (.316 BA, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 42 R, .355 OBP, 5 SB) should be replaced, but he is the only representative of the Pirates and is not having a bad year at all. 

You Must Have Been Higher than the Rocky Mountain Snubs

Yovani Gallardo (8-5, 2.75 ERA, 114 K, 1.15 WHIP)
Javier Vazquez (5-7, 3.05 ERA, 130 K, 1.07 WHIP)

Responsible for the Snubbing

Jason Marquis (10-5, 3.87 ERA, 51 K, 1.31 WHIP)

Those Affected by Secondhand Snubbing

Jair Jurrjens (6-6, 2.73 ERA, 74 K, 1.24 WHIP)
Johnny Cueto (8-4, 2.69 ERA, 78 K, 1.12 WHIP)

Once again, we witness people's strange obsession with wins. Vazquez and Gallardo are second and third respectively in strikeouts and eighth and sixth respectively in ERA in the National League.

Gallardo and Vazquez have to be in. Marquis and Ryan Franklin should be taken out, and Gallardo and Vazquez should be in. Four closers is fine, and guys like Vazquez and Gallardo beat any closer's numbers. 

People may say Ted Lilly (8-6, 3.32 ERA, 97 K, 1.14 WHIP) should be replaced, but he is the only Chicago Cub representative and is having an incredible year.

All teams would still be represented with these changes since the Rockies also have Brad Hawpe on the team. 

Two of these Snubs can be fixed with the final vote, but some have run out of chances. 

The American League final vote possibilities are Chone Figgins, Brandon Inge, Ian Kinsler, Adam Lind, and Carlos Pena. Not sure how Carlos Pena and his .232 batting average beat out Jermaine Dye, Miguel Cabrera, Russell Branyan, or Jered Weaver for a final vote possibility.

The National League final vote possibilities are Cristian Guzman, Matt Kemp, Mark Reynolds, Pablo Sandoval, and Shane Victorino. Not sure how Cristian Guzman beat out Michael Bourn, Yovani Gallardo, and Javier Vazquez for the final vote opportunity. 

Pitchers should be included in the final vote. 

Here's hoping next year there will be no snubs, because I don't want no snubs—a snub is a guy that can't get no love from me.


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