With the MLB All-Star break coming up soon, I decided that I would tell my opinion of this year's All-Stars and take a break from my usual NBA talk.
Of course, we all have our opinions of who should be an All-Star and who shouldn't be, and usually we give arguments for players from our favorite teams. For example, my Angels (the host of this season's All-Star events) only have one All-Star this season.
In this slideshow you will see several players who I believe were undeserving of a vote based off of this season's stats. You will also hear about several players who were surprisingly snubbed from this season's Midsummer Classic.
So here we go...............(I will start with my undeserving AL stars)
Carmona has had his bad and his good this season, but for the most part it has been bad. But isn't that the consequence you receive for playing for the Indians?
Carmona has an ERA of 3.69 this season to go along with his 7-7 record. 7-7 maybe a solid record for a MLB starting pitcher, but it is definitely not All-Star worthy. Also the 3.69 ERA is miserable for an All-Star. I expect to see ERA's around 2.75 at the highest in a star player.
Joe Girardi, why did you pick Carmona for your team?
I don't have much to say about Feliz, but I will say these two things:
22 saves through the All-Star break = Good
A 3.00 ERA as a closer = Not Good
It's a good thing Texas has a high-powered offense and always has large leads when they bring in Feliz from the bullpen.
There aren't a lot of great catchers in the MLB nowadays, which is probably how Buck got in this season, but statistically he does not deserve it either.
With a batting average of .274 and 40 RBI, while those are decent numbers, yhey are not All-Star worthy numbers either. He also has a below average OBP of .309. If he could hit more and get on base more, maybe he would be more deserving.
I guess with a name like Elvis you are always guaranteed to be a star. Too bad Elvis Andrus doesn't deserve it this season.
His BA is only .289, he has NO homers, and only 25 RBIs.
He may not be a slugger or a great offensive player, but I watch the All-Star game to see offense and a final score that is not usually seen. This Elvis just doesn't have the star power or the bat power.
My biggest problem with fan voting is that every All-Star game in professional sports becomes a popularity contest. Obviously Jeter is one of the best players of all-time and is definitely the most popular player of the past decade. But this season, Jeter is not producing his usual numbers.
Jeter is only batting .281 with 39 RBIs. These are not the numbers I expect to see out of Jeter who is definitely one of the top five hitters of all-time.
You could make an argument for Jeter as a reserve this season, but he should definitely not be a starter.
How is Paul Konerko not a starter? Forget the fact that he is not even a reserve, because he SHOULD be starting this year.
He has a .300 BA, 20 homers, 58 RBIs, a .386 OBP, and a slugging percentage of .562.
I would love to step inside the mind of Joe Girardi and find out why Konerko is not an All-Star. I wonder what his thought process is.
First off, Kevin Youkilis has awesome facial hair and the best first name in the world!
Now back to the topic on hand. All I am going to say about Youkilis is that his stats are almost identical to Konerko's and he plays for a better team.
My guess is that Girardi does not like to associate himself with Red Sox just because he is the Yankees manager.
Soriano is tied for the lead in saves in the American League with 22 and also has a 1.42 ERA to go along with his saves. These stats are just absolutely remarkable for someone who was snubbed from the All-Star team.
Though Verlander's 3.85 ERA is not great, he is also 10-5 and struck out 103 batters this season. I do not understand how a pitcher with double-digit wins and triple-digit strikeouts at the All-Star break (which is not quite halfway through the season) gets left off of the All-Star team.
Weaver is, in my opinion, the biggest snub in the AL this season, and I am NOT saying this because I am an Angels fan.
Weaver is 8-3 with a 2.82 ERA and a remarkable, MLB-leading 124 strikeouts. How is the league leader in strikeouts left off of the All-Star team?
Now let's move on to the undeserving NL stars...................
Sorry Braves fans, but Brian McCann should not be an All-Star this season. He has a mediocre .269 BA and only 34 RBIs, which are lowly stats for one of the league's "better hitters".
He has a great OBP, but this is only because he gets walked a lot.
You think McCann has lowly stats this season? Well, the NL starting catcher (voted in by fans) has even worse stats. That's right.
Molina is only batting .229 with 31 RBIs.
America, can you please explain to me why you guys voted for Yadier to start in the All-Star game? I would like to know because I do not see All-Star worthy statistics here.
Why, Charlie Manuel, why? Omar Infante is statistically the second-worst All-Star this season.
His .309 BA is decent, but his 22 RBIs and ONE homer through July 5 are horrendous.
There are so many infielders in the NL that deserved an All-Star bid over Infante. This selection just blows my mind.
Jose Reyes has been plagued by injuries throughout his career and, now that he has returned from injury, his stats have suffered. This season he has an average .277 BA and only 32 RBIs.
Reyes was voted in by MLB players, who you would think pay attention to baseball, but obviously not after making this selection.
Bourn may be bunting in this picture, but I bet he strikes out at this at-bat anyway. That's how bad Bourn's stats are this season.
He has a .260 BA, with only 20 RBIs and ONE homer. Bourn is statistically the worst All-Star this season, being slightly worse than Infante.
Charlie Manuel and Joe Girardi have both made some very interesting selections for their All-Star teams and I would love to hear some explanations.
Wouldn't you think that Charlie Manuel would want the NL's best closer on his All-Star team? Apparently not.
Bell is 4-0 this season with a MLB-leading 23 saves and his 49 strikeouts as a closer are not bad either. He also has an ERA of 1.72.
Apparently Charlie Manuel doesn't care about winning the All-Star game.
This beast, Joey Votto, has been the best player in MLB this season and apparently no one cares about that. How does a man with a .318 BA, 21 homers, 59 RBIs, .418 OBP, and .599 slugging percentage not get voted in as a starter let alone not even being selected as a reserve? He is dominating the NL final vote, so he will still get into the game, but he should be a starter anyway.
Miguel Olivo has probably been the most productive catcher in Major League Baseball this season.
His .307 BA, 11 homers, 39 RBIs and .538 slugging percentage all are statistically better than McCann and Yadier Molina, who were selected to represent the NL at the catcher position.
There is no doubt in my mind that Charlie Manuel screwed up by not selecting Olivo.
Arguments could be made for Mat Latos (pictured), Clayton Richard, Wade LeBlanc, and Jon Garland. This is practically the entire starting rotation for the San Diego Padres.
Led by Latos with a 9-4 record, 91 strikeouts, and a 2.62 ERA, the Padres pitching staff has been dominant. These 4 pitchers combine for 27 of the Padres 49 wins so far this season.
These 4 guys, along with Heath Bell and Adrian Gonzalez, are why the Padres are as good as they are.
By the way, Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals rookie phenom pitcher, will be an All-Star every year starting next year, so calm down and don't whine about how he is not an All-Star this year.
Kershaw is having a great season and is definitely deserving of being an All-Star this season.
Kershaw is 8-4 with a 3.02 ERA and an outstanding 116 strikeouts.
Kershaw is only 22 years old and I am very excited to see him develop as a Dodger and as an elite pitcher. Though all of the NL All-Star pitchers that were selected are all deserving, I could definitely see Kershaw as an All-Star instead of someone like Tim Hudson.