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Saturday 19th Aug 2017

Every year, fans and commentators from every direction complain about the players named to the All-Star Team and the process used to select them. Everyone has a better idea, supposedly.

My beef is a bit different. I understand and accept the reasons for holding the game mid-season, but do not accept the fact that the contest ends up being a first-half All-Star Game. Contributions during the second-half of last season are all but forgotten. In addition, players who emerge in the first-half capture the fancy of voters even if others have been more productive over a longer period of time.

To that end, I first ran the numbers in the standard five offensive fantasy categories for the 2010 National League All-Stars since the 2009 All-Star Game. In bold, I call out several stats that seem out of line for an All-Star.

2010 National League All-Stars, stats since July 14, 2009

Pos Player
AB Runs HR RBI SB BA
C
Yadier Molina STL 452 36 4 57 10 0.265
C
Brian McCann ATL 494 75 23 94 4 0.265









1B Albert Pujols STL 568 101 35 109 15 0.312
1B Joey Votto CIN 561 105 35 101 9 0.307
1B
Adrian Gonzalez SD 549 87 33 101 0 0.306
1B
Ryan Howard PHI 614 105 39 136 4 0.301








2B
Brandon Phillips CIN 631 97 18 68 23 0.296
2B
Martin Prado ATL 622 98 17 70 5 0.317
2B
Chase Utley PHI 528 99 22 69 19 0.261








SS
Jose Reyes NYM 318 52 6 32 19 0.277
SS
Troy Tulowitzki COL 494 99 25 89 16 0.326
SS
Hanley Ramirez FLA 575 96 23 98 30 0.313









3B
David Wright NYM 524 84 19 92 22 0.302
3B
Omar Infante ATL 296 35 2 38 4 0.294
3B
Scott Rolen CIN 458 74 22 89 1 0.290








OF
Michael Bourn HOU 579 91 1 30 56 0.273
OF
Marlon Byrd CHC 577 75 21 82 9 0.295
OF
Corey Hart MIL 403 60 22 74 10 0.283
OF
Matt Holliday STL 577 102 30 110 10 0.329
OF
Chris Young ARI 489 69 24 76 16 0.256
OF
Ryan Braun MIL 639 102 27 107 24 0.307
OF
Andre Ethier LAD 530 84 27 100 3 0.309
OF
Jason Heyward ATL 255 41 11 45 5 0.251

Next, I looked at several players whose stats indicate they are more deserving based on their results over the last year. Using these criteria, I would replace seven 2010 All-Stars (noted as “out” below) with seven others (“in”).

Let’s break them down by position, starting with catcher. I see Yadier Molina play most every day with St. Louis, so I recognize his defensive value. On the other hand, in fantasy play, Arizona’s Miguel Montero is more productive at every turn despite having fewer at-bats.

Pos
Player
AB R HR RBI SB BA
C
out Yadier Molina STL 452 36 4 57 10 0.265

in Miguel Montero ARI 315 48 13 53 0 0.330

At first base, I really have no beef. The right players made the team. The next tier down includes Prince Fielder, Adam Dunn and Adam LaRoche, with none of them quite good enough to unseat the selections.

I would drop two second basemen, Martin Prado, despite a great batting average, and Chase Utley, barely batting .260. Dan Uggla, who by default seems gets discarded out of hand due to perceptions of a low average, has hit better than Utley over the last year and his power numbers are head and shoulders above both of the others.





AB R HR RBI SB BA
2B
out Martin Prado ATL 622 98 17 70 5 0.317
out Chase Utley PHI 528 99 22 69 19 0.261

in Dan Uggla FLA 565 97 31 89 3 0.274

At shortstop, the inclusion of Jose Reyes, injured for long stretches, does not seem justified by his numbers since last year’s game. Juan Uribe can’t match Reyes’ stolen bases, but has delivered more offense overall.





AB R HR RBI SB BA
SS
out Jose Reyes NYM 318 52 6 32 19 0.277

in Juan Uribe SF 490 69 24 81 3 0.263

Omar Infante, National League All-Star. Hard to fathom. Despite a poor batting average, Mark Reynolds is a major contributor in all other categories and picks up some of the stolen bases I lost by dumping Utley and Reyes. Ryan Zimmerman is probably the most underrated star in MLB and as such, continues to be unfairly overlooked. Being left off the team in favor of the likes of Infante is a travesty.





AB R HR RBI SB BA
3B
out Omar Infante ATL 296 35 2 38 4 0.294

in Mark Reynolds ARI 533 91 39 94 14 0.238

in Ryan Zimmerman WAS 537 104 35 101 3 0.296

In the outfield, Arizona’s Chris Young is in the midst of a nice comeback season, but his second half of 2009 was not very good. Put them together and it is pretty obvious that Carlos Gonzalez delivered slightly better counting stats with a far, far higher batting average. It should not have been left to the final fan vote to decide whether Votto or CarGo would go to Anaheim. Both should have been among the initial selections.

The final outfield position I would replace is held by rookie Jason Heyward. With a less than a half-season of professional experience at the big league level due to disabled list time, Heyward wouldn’t be on my team no matter what. Doubling his numbers for a projected season would still mean another Jayson, Werth, would stack up better. The Phillies star gets my seventh replacement spot.





AB R HR RBI SB BA
OF
out
Chris Young ARI 489 69 24 76 16 0.256

in Carlos Gonzalez COL 503 93 27 79 23 0.312











out Jason Heyward ATL 255 41 11 45 5 0.251

in Jayson Werth PHI 543 89 29 91 12 0.276

Though perhaps a minor point, the above moves could be made while still honoring the current rule that each team must be represented by at least one selection.

Now, I understand that in real life, given the voting and selection process, the best, most deserving players sometimes have to stay home. It doesn’t mean that I have to accept i

And while they’re fixing that, how about some love for the top second half performers from last year?

 

Brian Walton is the 2009 National League Tout Wars champion, scoring the most points in the league’s 12-year history. He is a 2009 NFBC league winner and finished in the top 25 nationally in both the NFBC and NFFC last season. His work can also be found daily at TheCardinalNation.com and thecardinalnationblog.com.

 

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