It has been a rough ride for third basemen this year. Due to injuries and slow starts, the "hot corner" has been very cold when it comes to performance.
Placido Polanco was voted in as the starter at third base, and it is hard to argue with the fan's selection, especially because Polanco's offense is still adequate and his defense has been great, despite battling through injuries.
The problem is the appointment of Chipper Jones as the reserve third baseman.
Don't get me wrong, I love Chipper Jones. I would have loved to see an All-Star game swan song to the tune of what Cal Ripken Jr. did in his last season. But Chipper was not nearly as deserving as Aramis Ramirez.
When it was announced that Chipper Jones would not play due to a knee injury, I thought for certain Ramirez would be next in line. After all, his numbers sure add up, even if he did start off cold as ice.
You would have never guessed he struggled at all when you look at his current numbers. He is hitting .300 with 22 doubles and 15 home runs. Those numbers certainly qualify him as elite when it comes to third basemen this year.
Instead of Ramirez, Bochy chose Scott Rolen. He obviously did not choose Rolen because of his .244 average or .278 on-base percentage. Instead, Bochy chose Rolen because he tallied the third highest votes by the fans.
I appreciate Bochy considering what the fans want as the game is intended for entertainment. But at the same token, it is abundantly clear Rolen is not having an All-Star season. Aramis Ramirez is.