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Saturday 16th Dec 2017

Last week, I looked at the 2014 National League All-Stars as aligned by their ownership in the NL Tout Wars League. I was unable to draw a firm correlation between the industry fantasy league’s standings and the quantity of All-Stars for several reasons.

For one, All-Stars are not created equal. In the most extreme case, my Tony Watson is clearly less valuable than Steve Gardner’s Clayton Kershaw. Yet the two were considered two peas in the same pod in my quick and dirty initial analysis.

Even more important is the reality that the rules and processes surrounding the Midsummer Classic do not always ensure the best players from the first half of the season are representing their leagues in the All-Star Game.

Sure, the players and managers can smooth out some of the rough edges created by fan voting, but there are still limitations beyond the raw roster size. For example, having one representative per team could keep a more deserving player out of the game. So could an All-Star manager taking one of his own players over a more talented opponent.

I am violently against the use and abuse of the word “snub,” however. More often than not, there are simply more deserving players for All-Star consideration than slots to be filled. That should not be considered a slight on those not chosen, but instead a realization that the current process is imperfect. Likely any adjustments would never end the arguments.

Anyway, this time around, I am looking at 13 of the best NL players not chosen for the All-Star team. I will also check how they align to the NL Tout standings, though I am not expecting to receive much of any insight from that.

Position Players Tout owner
C: Buster Posey, Giants Tristan H. Cockcroft
His off-year better than others' good years. 10 HR, 46 RBI.


1B: Matt Adams, Cardinals Seth Trachtman
Outplaying ex-All-Star teammates Holliday and Craig.


1B: Justin Morneau, Rockies Lenny Melnick
Not as bad as Papi, but again why did Twins dump him?


2B: Scooter Gennett, Brewers Brian Walton
Rickie who? Batted .309 pre-break for first-place club.


SS: Ian Desmond, Nationals Tristan H. Cockcroft
16 HR, 57 RBI nice production from middle infield.


3B: Anthony Rendon, Nationals Mike Gianella
Left side of the infield is all-Nats. Also plays 2B.


OF: Justin Upton, Braves Mike Gianella
17 HR, 55 RBI before the break. Only 7 steals.


OF: Ryan Braun, Brewers Scott Wilderman
Yes, he's injured often, but still plated 52 and hit .298.


OF: Jayson Werth, Nationals Steve Gardner
Quietly drove in 54 with 12 HR and played every day.


Pitchers Tout owner
Henderson Alvarez, Marlins Seth Trachtman
2.27 ERA covers nicely for Jose Fernandez injury.


Jake Arrieta, Cubs Peter Kreutzer
My luck; I had him in Tout a year too early.


Kenley Jansen, Dodgers Scott Wilderman
What heart condition? Automatic in ninth.


Huston Street, Padres Seth Trachtman
First half was good enough to fetch value in trade.


NL Tout warrior All-Stars Not All-Stars Total Standings
Seth Trachtman 7 3 10 3
Steve Gardner 6 1 7 1
Tristan H. Cockcroft 3 2 5 2
Peter Kreutzer 4 1 5 5
Lenny Melnick 4 1 5 T8
Mike Gianella 2 2 4 6
Todd Zola 4 0 4 T8
Scott Wilderman 2 2 4 12
Gene McCaffrey 3 0 3 10
Brian Walton 2 1 3 11
Derek Carty 2 0 2 4
Phil Hertz 2 0 2 7

As noted above, the rich get richer. Or should I say, the best teams are reaffirmed. Not only did Seth Trachtman of Sporting News have the most regular All-Stars, he also had the most members of my “not All-Star team.” Impressive.

At the other end of the spectrum is Derek Carty, who was just behind Trachtman in the standings in fourth place despite only two real All-Stars and none from my group of 13. Carty has a very balanced roster – the polar opposite of stars and scrubs.

If he wasn’t my competitor, I would root for Carty for that very reason.

 

Brian Walton was the 2009 National League Tout Wars champion, scoring the most points in the league’s 16-year history. He also holds the all-time NL Tout single-season records for wins and saves. His work can also be found daily at TheCardinalNation.com and thecardinalnationblog.com. Follow Brian on Twitter.

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