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July 5, 2010 at 9:15 am ET
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Recapping The All-Star Selection Show Mess

Where to begin?

Oh, I don’t know, how about with the TBS presentation itself?

Nothing at all embarrassing about those oversights.  Kinda set the proper tone for the whole show at least.

Fans Outsmart Players & Managers In All-Star Vote

Didn’t think I’d ever say that.  Then again, when Charlie Manuel is involved in the process, it’s best to lower expectations.  I think a panel of BP executives could have done a better job.

The only fan vote I would question is Yadier Molina.  McCann (reserve), Olivo and even Pudge Rodriguez all would be clear superior choices there.

Omar Infante

This was a prank, right?  A marginal utility man with decent stats making the all-star team. Ha. Ha. Ha.  I’ve heard better jokes on Lopez Tonight.

“That made my day. I give Charlie a lot of credit for that,” teammate Chipper Jones said. “You usually don’t see the utility guys get their due. Charlie’s doing his homework.”

So it wasn’t a joke?  What a joke.

Charlie Manuel doing his homework?  You sure about that, Chipper?  Seems to me he’s failed every test since he lost his binoculars.

Matt Holliday over Carlos Gonzalez

This nauseates me on levels I didn’t know existed.  Stats (Holliday’s .209 RISP) aside, why wouldn’t you select a plus defender at all three outfield positions over a guy whose career defensive highlight is taking a flyball in the nuts?

We’re playing to win this game… remember?

Every Team Gets An All-Star

I hate this rule with a passion as is, but if you’re going to follow the rules through and through, at least take a player that’ll help you win the game.

Chicago: Carlos Marmol over Marlon Byrd
Pittsburgh: Andrew McCutchen over Evan Meek
Washington: Ryan Zimmerman over Matt Capps
Houston: Roy Oswalt over Michael Bourn

None of the guys selected have better stats than the guys not selected.  It’s just a matter of a poorly constructed team.  If you’re playing for home field advantage in a World Series, you can’t afford to poorly construct the team.  And they really should have made an exception for the Astros this season.

Snubs

Marmol and McCutchen are two of the bigger snubs in my opinion.  A couple Rockies, Carlos Gonzalez and Miguel Olivo, also qualify.  However, the two biggest snubs not named Joey Votto are without question Mat Latos and Heath Bell.  The Padres were projected by everyone to finish last in a loaded NL West.  No one had them finishing within 20 games even, yet here we sit with them all alone in first place.

The reason?  Their pitching.

Their two best pitchers?  Latos and Bell.

Seems pretty simple to me.  These guys are dominant.

This is just the NL side.  I don’t really care about the American League, but I could probably go on another day or two on the NL mess.  Consider yourself spared.

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