MLB All Star Game 2010: 10 Undeserving All Stars
Baseball players work their whole lives to make a MLB All-Star team.
In today's game, the players' fate are left in the hands of fans, managers, and fellow players.
Unfortunately, that jury got these ten selections wrong.
10. Matt Capps
Yes, Washington closer Matt Capps has the save total that would typically qualify him for an All-Star bid (22), but his supporting stats do not live up to other elite relievers in the National League (3.19 ERA with a 1.39 WHIP and four blown saves).
Even more astounding is that Capps was the leading vote getter among relievers in the NL (in the player vote).
All the while San Diego closer Heath Bell (1.72 ERA with 23 saves) didn't even make the team.
For Washington's mandatory All-Star selection, how about left fielder Josh Willingham instead?
9. Elvis Andrus
The Texas shortstop is batting .290 with 25 RBIs and 56 runs scored.
He does have 22 stolen bases, but he has also been caught stealing a league-leading 10 times.
In the field, Andrus has 10 errors.
To replace him, I send the host city Angels' second baseman Howard Kendrick (batting .277 with 7 home runs, 51 RBIs, and 38 runs scored).
8. Michael Bourn
This Houston center fielder is a speed demon as well.
Bourn has 25 stolen bases on 32 attempts while batting .260 with 48 runs scored.
To replace him, I send fellow Astro Hunter Pence (.254 average with 11 home runs, 37 RBIs, and 45 runs scored).
7. Jose Reyes
The Mets shortstop is having a slow season by his own standards.
He's batting .277 with 51 runs scored.
Not bad really, but Rafael Furcal is doing better.
The Dodger shortstop is batting .335 with 30 RBIs and 44 runs scored.
6. Yadier Molina
Braves catcher Brian McCann should be starting.
That's plain to see.
But I would go as far to say St. Louis' Yadier Molina shouldn't even be on the team.
The guy is batting .229.
His replacement? Pittsburgh Pirate Ryan Doumit (.257 average with seven home runs, 28 RBIs, and 22 runs scored).
5. Ichiro Suzuki
Ichiro is a great player.
A hall of fame player more specifically.
But his usual spot in the American League starting lineup was not deserved this year.
The Seattle right fielder is batting .326 with 34 runs scored.
Left off of the AL roster was Kansas City right fielder David DeJesus (.329 with 35 RBIs and 43 runs scored).
The Royal has better numbers than Ichiro in just about every category save stolen bases.
4. Matt Holiday
Protecting Albert Pujols is a tough job.
St. Louis left fielder Matt Holiday is doing just an okay job.
He's batting just .298 with 11 home runs and 39 RBIs.
How about Carlos Gonzalez for a replacement?
The Colorado center fielder is batting .295 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs.
3. Chase Utley
The Philadelphia second baseman is injured and won't play in the game. Still, he was a pretty gaudy fan choice.
With a .277 average and just 37 RBIs, the former MVP is a shadow of what he is used to be.
His replacement should be Los Angeles first baseman James Loney (batting .305 with 57 RBIs).
2. Jason Heyward
The rookie sensation from Atlanta got off to a hot start, hitting a home run in his first MLB at-bat.
But, like most rookies, Heyward started to cool off.
Now the right fielder is bating just .251 with 11 home runs and 45 RBIs.
He is injured and won't be playing in the game anyways, but he should never have been chosen as a starter in the first place.
Cincinnati left fielder Jonny Gomes, who is batting .285 with 56 RBIs, would be a nice bat coming off the National League bench.
1. Omar Infante
This one just didn't make any sense at all.
The Braves utility player has only appeared in 58 games this season.
He's batting .302 with one home run and 22 RBIs.
What was Charlie Manuel thinking? He could have just as easily picked a name out of a hat.
The Phillies' manager should have added National League home run leader and Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto to the team instead (or nearly anybody else for that matter).