By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on July 8, 2014
The rosters for the July 15 MLB All Star Game have been announced and, as always, there are bones to pick with the lineups. There are always players that you could make a case don’t deserve to be there, but there seems to be plenty of them this year. Here are the 10 players who stand out the most in that regard.
I understand that Jeter is retiring and that him being selected a starter is more of a respect thing than anything else. However, when you just look at the stats, there’s no way that you can say that “The Captain” has been All-Star worthy this season.
On the performance that he’s delivered alone, Chapman deserves to be on the roster. However, the issue is that Chapman missed over a full month in the season. Considering we’re looking at three months as the body of work, that should discount what he’s done just a bit in voting.
Harrison has really come on this season as a solid player with a ton to offer the Pirates. However, his stats just aren’t wowing anyone, especially playing in the outfield where the talent-pool is so deep. He deserves to be commended, but not like this.
Much like Harrison, Gordon is another player that fits the bill of being solid this season, but also not really doing anything All-Star worthy. He’s definitely a guy you’d want on your team, yet I don’t think he’s really been good enough to warrant being on the roster.
Ramirez has the benefit of playing at a relatively shallow position, but it’s hard to imagine a hitter putting up the numbers that he has being considered an All-Star. He’s been good, just not great so far this season.
Win-loss records don’t hold the weight that they used to, but having a guy with a 7-8 record even if his ERA and WHIP are nice is a bit odd. Considering the bevy of talented pitchers in the league, Ross is an odd selection.
Utley has been playing baseball at a high level for a while now, but his numbers haven’t been at an All-Star level this season. He’s stayed healthy which is a big plush, but his numbers just haven’t been that stellar.
Another case of an outfielder at a loaded position that just hasn’t been that great is Pence. Hitting .301 is nice, but his other numbers this season are hardly staggering and you have to think there were better options around the NL.
20 saves and only three blown saves is a solid mark for Perkins, but his ERA and WHIP are hardly at the level of an elite closer. Perkins just seems like he hasn’t been good enough as a pitcher to be an All-Star.
Donaldson is a fantastic player and it’s hard for anyone to deny that. However, it seems that his All-Star selection is based on reputation more than output. Donaldson has been somewhat of this season, especially in terms of average, OBP, and strikeouts. He’s great, but has not been that fantastic.
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