2013 MLB All-Star Game: 10 Players Who Didn’t Deserve a Bid
10 Players Who Didn't Deserve an All-Star bid
Along with All-Star snubs each season, the MLB All-Star Game has it's fair share of surprises -- or players who got a bid and probably shouldn't have.
With Jim Leyland as the manager of the American League team and Bruce Bochy the manager of the National League, there are sure to be a few players selected by each manager that shouldn't be headed to New York. It happens every year where a manager takes his own player over someone more deserving or just takes a player that he's close to rather than one who deserves it.
It doesn't stop there as there are also players each season who fail to get voted in by the fans just because they are lesser-known. Superstars definitely have the leg up when it comes to the Midsummer Classic because fans are more likely to choose a guy they've heard of that has had a ton of success in the past over a guy who is just emerging as a star in the league.
There are very few rookies represented in the game. Many of the players on this list of guys who didn't deserve a bid are either past stars or guys who are big names that are struggling this season yet still were voted in by fans or players.
If your team has a player that should have been voted in, this is the list for you because I probably have the guy who took his spot. Some of the guys on this list only made it in because every team has to be represented by at least one player.
Either way you look at it, the game will go on and it will be played with quite a bit on the line as home-field advantage in the World Series has shown to be a huge deal in recent years.
Check out this list of 10 players who didn't deserve an All-Star bid but still got one. Tell me what you think.
Don't get me wrong, Prince Fielder's 15 homers and 66 RBI are impressive, but his rapidly-decreasing .266 average isn't All-Star worthy in my opinion.
Jose Bautista, like Fielder, has too low of an average to be an All-Star. He's hitting just .265, but his 20 homers and 52 RBI got him a bid. His name didn't hurt his starting chances, either.
Justin Verlander is having an off-year by his standards. His 3.54 ERA, 9-5 record and 119 strikeouts is a solid stat-line but not enough to earn a bid. He was also selected by his manager Jim Leyland -- a little bias there.
As the best pitcher on the Cleveland Indians' staff, Justin Masterson may have deserved a bid if no other Indian made the game. However, he's not the only one in the game and his near 4.00 ERA is not very impressive.
Quite possibly the least deserving Tampa Bay Rays' batter, with the choices of James Loney and Evan Longoria passed up, Ben Zobrist finds himself on the squad. He better consider himself lucky with the success of his teammates.
I think Bryce Harper is one of the best young players in baseball, but he's missed far too many games this season and not proved enough to make me believe he's an All-Star in 2013. He will be an All-Star for years to come, but I just don't think this is his year.
I understand his 22 home runs and 57 RBI giving him the best shot to make it on the NL All-Star team, but wow, Pedro Alvarez's .249 average is a joke. Poor choice by voters.
I understand that every team has to send one player to the All-Star Game, but if that were not a rule, Everth Cabrera's .291 average with four homers and 25 RBI would not be enough to land him in New York.
Marco Scutaro has a really solid average, but his .319 mark still doesn't make up for his lack of production with two homers and 19 RBI. I really don't get this choice.
Sure, Brandon Phillips has consistently been one of the best second basemen in the National League for the past couple of seasons, but his average doesn't make up for his high number of RBI.