Pittsburgh Pirates' Pedro Alvarez Should Be National League All-Star Starter

By Zach Morrison
Pedro Alvarez
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I hate how MLB‘s All-Star game works. I hate everything about it. The voting process is favored so much towards large market teams like the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox and the outcome of the game actually decides home-field advantage in the World Series. If anyone has any reason why letting this game decide home-field advantage in the World Series is a good idea, feel free to let me know in the comments section.

I haven’t seen the most recent updates on the National League All-Star voting, but I’m sure the most deserving third baseman isn’t the leader. Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez should start in the 2013 All-Star game, and I don’t even think an argument can be made for anyone else. Well, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit. I can think of two arguments in favor of New York Mets third baseman David Wright: The game is being played his home ballpark, and he is a much more popular player.

Last time I checked, however, the game isn’t called “MLB Popularity game”, it’s an All-Star game. The best players need to be in it. Alvarez has put up power numbers so far that are awesome. In 261 plate appearances, Alvarez has hit for a .237/.303/.513 slash line with 19 home runs and 51 RBIs. In 310 plate appearances (49 more than Alvarez), Wright has hit for a .309/.390/.533 slash line with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs. So Alvarez has seven more home runs in 49 fewer plate appearances. Alvarez is hitting one home run per 13 plate appearances, so if we add three or four more home runs to his total to make up for the 49 more plate appearances Wright has over him; Alvarez has 22-23 home runs.

Wright is a much better base-runner than Alvarez, with 12 stolen bases compared to Alvarez’s one. Alvarez, surprisingly, is a better defensive third baseman than Wright so far in 2013. Alvarez’s UZR/150 is 4.6 right now, compared to Wright’s -0.9.

I’m not begging you to vote for Alvarez as the starting third baseman for the National League, but actually, I am. Please vote for Alvarez. I want the players that are playing the best to play for the All-Star team; the game actually matters, you know.

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