Although not many people know him due to the team on which he plays (the always-forgotten Kansas City Royals), outfielder David DeJesus definitely deserves some public attention due to the breakout season he is having in 2008.
Although I can't necessarily argue with most of the All-star outfielders who were present at the final All-Star game in the Bronx, DeJesus was barely mentioned at all for consideration to be an All-Star.
Playing for a small-market team that hasn't had a decent shot at the playoffs since 2003 has made much deserved media attention shy away from the outfielder.
Here are some of David's all-star quality stats, as of July 21, 2008:
AVG: .306, R: 46, HR: 10, RBI: 54, SB: 9
These stats speak for themselves, but it should also be noted that he is putting together this season batting in the leadoff spot in over 70 of the 83 games that he has been able to play for KC.
How is he when his team needs him the most?
No biggie, DeJesus just leads the American League in batting with runners in scoring position, holding up a .460 batting average through July 19. That held a commanding lead over Ian Kinsler, the next closest player on that list, who was hitting at a .413 clip.
Not to mention that DeJesus has started at every outfield position at least eight times in 2008 and has committed ZERO errors while contributing three outfield assists. That's a 1.000 Fielding Percentage, for anyone wondering.
No disrespect to the selected American League All-Stars of 2008, but David DeJesus' hitting and fielding stats alike show that there should be NO reason for him to have not gotten major consideration to be a member of the 2008 American League All-Star team.