The Giants deserve All-Stars. But, given their record, they won't get them. It's a flawed system that puts sway on the game (World Series advantage), but doesn't have a fair election process.
Now, the NFL Pro Bowl has a pretty fair election process that I would like to see implemented in the baseball scene. By NFL rules, the Pro Bowlers are selected in three parts: one-third coaches votes, one-third players votes, and one-third fan votes. This is the most fair, as the coaches know who's the best, the players know who they respect, and the fans still have their say in who's the most popular. Take, for example, the potential All-Stars on the 2008 Giants.
In a pregame show before the Giants 6-0 win on Saturday, Fox Sports did a segment on the "Three Best National League Catchers of 2008." All Giants fans would expect to see Molina on here, but, in accordance to a previous article of mine, the national media gives the Giants no respect, and consequentially, none of their players.
This report highlighted the years of Russell Martin (Dodgers), Brian McCann (Braves), and Geovany Soto (Cubs). Granted, all three of these players are having great years, but statistically, none of them measure up to Molina. He leads all four in batting average, hits,and RBIs. He has half the strikeouts of the next person on the list, and is second in doubles and total bases.
He hasn't made an error all season, and has been more clutch than all of these guys, hitting .310 with two strikes, and .386 in the seventh inning or later. So why isn't he on this list? Because the Giants get no respect. He's having a career year, and shows no sign of slowing down. This is CLEAR All-Star material, but is trailing his brother Yadier and the Diamondbacks' Chris Snyder in the voting.
I'll shoot low for Rowand's comparisons...In the number 5, 6, and 7 spots in the voting are Carlos Beltran, Patt Burrell, and Carlos Lee. Out of these four, Rowand has the lead in average (.328) and hits (67). He is hitting a major league best .404 on the road, and .456 against left handers. I'd definitely put him in over Carlos Lee, who is hitting a distant .254.
He also his better than all except maybe Beltran at defense, since Ken Griffey, Jr. is not the same fielder he used to be. Rowand is the definition of a gamer, and is showing why the Giants signed him to his huge off-season deal. In the same vein, Randy Winn is also drawing some All-Star consideration, hitting .299 with 67 hits and 19 doubles to go along with 10 steals.
What else do I have to say? He DOMINATES when he pitches. Twelve starts, twelve quality starts. The Giants are 10-3 in his starts, he's 8-1 with a 2.15 ERA, 83 strikeouts, and a minuscule 1.22 WHIP. He has a tremendous 2.5:1 strikeout to walk ratio, and is holding hitters to a .229 average against him. He is the future of this franchise, whether he likes it or not.
The former 24th round selection has come to stick in the big leagues as the best closer in San Francisco since Robb Nen. He's 16 for 18 in save opportunities, and has a 2.3:1 K/BB ratio. His inflated ERA might scare you, but I think he just likes to make the games interesting.
These guys deserve it more than a lot of people in the league, and the only comfort I take from it is knowing that the coaches choose the pitching staff. I would bet my paycheck right now that Tim Lincecum is the Giants representative. Sadly, he'll be alone. He shouldn't be. Go online to mlb.com and vote 25 times! Then, create a fake email address and vote 25 more! Repeat until there are Giants in the top 5.
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