15 Most Undeserving All-Stars In MLB History
Most Undeserving All-Stars In MLB History
With the 2013 All-Star game only a couple of days away, it is always fun to look back at the history of the game and who played in it. When looking through the 80-plus year history of the Midsummer Classic, you come across some major snubs and some major surprises in players who were undeserving of their appearance in the game.
The All-Star game is meant to bring together the best and most exciting players in the game for the first half of the season during that year. It should not matter if it is Derek Jeter going up against Joe Schmoe; if Joe Schmoe has better numbers and has been the better player during the first half of that season, he deserves to playing on All-Star weekend over the future Hall of Famer.
There are always going to be the legacy picks regardless if people agree with them and that leads to major surprises of players who got in. When you look at the numbers, it makes one wonder how in the world these players could be considered one of the best during the first half of the year in that given season.
I’ve gone through the years and found the top 15 players that surprised me the most by being on an All-Star game roster in a certain year. In other words, it is the top 15 most undeserving All-Stars throughout the long history of the Midsummer Classic.
15. Derek Jeter, 2011
It is hard to ever say anything bad against Derek Jeter, but he had only hit two home runs at the break in 2011 and was batting just .260. Clearly, there was a better choice out there.
14. Jay Howell, 1987
Entering the All-Star game, Jay Howell had 14 saves and a 4.20 ERA. He made the game as a closer somehow.
13. Pablo Sandoval, 2012
Last season, Pablo Sandoval was selected to start in the All-Star game after only playing in 45 games. Isn’t that why Yasiel Puig isn’t in it this season?
12. Cal Ripken Jr., 2001
In 2001, Ripken was hitting .217 with four home runs and still got into the All-Star game. It was the last year of his legendary career, so there is some respect in that choice.
11. Roger Pavlik, 1996
Roger Pavlik was 10-2 entering the All-Star break, but had a 5.16 ERA. That’s not good pitching — that’s just his team picking him up every single game.
10. Lance Parrish, 1988
The catcher was hitting .235 with 11 home runs at the All-Star break. Clearly, there was a better all-around catcher that could have been a reserve over Parrish.
9. Jason Varitek, 2008
Nearing the end of his great career in 2008, Jason Varitek was selected to the All-Star game while only hitting .222.
8. Reggie Jackson, 1983
As good of a player as Reggie Jackson was, he did not deserve to make the All-Star game while hitting .214.
7. Sandy Alomar Jr., 1991
Sandy Alomar Jr. was selected to the All-Star game in 1991 while hitting .200 with no home runs. It was possibly the worst season of his career.
6. Freddie Patek, 1972
Freddie Patek was coming off the best season he had ever had, but his .230 average heading into the All-Star break wasn’t reminiscent of what he did a year ago. He was the worst of five shortstops selected to the team.
5. Luis Aparicio, 1971
Luis Aparicio was a 10-time all-star in his career, and one of those selections came in 1971, which was the worst season of his career. He was hitting under .200 and still made the team.
4. Willie Mays, 1973
Willie Mays is one of the best players to ever play the game of baseball, but even he didn't deserve to make the All-Star game in 1973, when he had been hitting .171.
3. Mike Williams, 2003
The closer had 21 saves at the break with a 5.58 ERA, which might just tell you how lucky some closers are to have their jobs.
2. Eddie Miller, 1946
In 1946, Eddie Miller was hitting right around .185 leading up to the All-Star game with limited power, and it was somehow enough to get him into the Midsummer Classic.
1. Mark Redman, 2006
The southpaw was 5-4 with a 5.35 ERA at the break and he even had walked more batters than he struck out.