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  1. Minor over Melancon is the only easy change I’d make.

    Comment by RMD — June 12, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

  2. Kind of remarkable how far Justin Upton has fallen.

    Comment by Izzy — June 12, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

  3. The MLB should just let fangraphs make the all star roster each year.

    Comment by Alex Matechak — June 12, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

  4. I bet you think they should let those fan graphers and their calculators play the games, too! Will to win! Stretch!

    Comment by Hawk Harrelson — June 12, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

  5. Melancon over Rosenthal and his 12+ K/9? C’mon.

    Comment by johnorpheus — June 12, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

  6. I have no idea why he included a decent (but not great) reliever like Melancon over an all-star worthy starter like Minor for a roster spot.

    Comment by KJ — June 12, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

  7. I want to say AJ Burnett deserves the nod but I can’t find a pitcher who he would clearly be a better choice than. Probably one of Chapman/Kimbrel but I would prefer those two over AJ in a one inning outing.

    Comment by Los — June 12, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

  8. Upton will make the actual all-star team and my guess is that no one will question it by the time the game is actually played.

    Comment by KJ — June 12, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

  9. Based on those numbers shouldn’t Carpenter be starting over Phillips at 2B?

    Comment by rjbiii — June 12, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

  10. You can’t split up Mark & Cheese!!!

    Comment by Los — June 12, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

  11. If you don’t like relievers, that’s normal… but Melancon’s FIP is sixth in the majors and second among NL relievers (behind only Grilli). Seems better than “decent”

    Comment by Andrew — June 12, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

  12. Mark Melancon’s not having a great year?

    Comment by Adam — June 12, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

  13. Can you not make a case for bouncing out Braun in the top tier for his teammate Carlos Gomez…not just on WAR but the overall 5 tool ability he has showcased this year?

    Comment by Big Sexy — June 12, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

  14. I’m a Nationals fan and a huge Jordan Zimmermann fan, but I’m a little surprised you had him in the can’t-miss category, especially considering his SP company there. I thought there was some concern with him about a low SO/9 and HR/9 regression, and he’s never produced more than 3.4 WAR–a fine number, but he’s no Wainwright, Lee, or Kershaw.

    Comment by hscer — June 12, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

  15. No, since the top tier is for the perennial All Stars like Braun. Not guys having great first halves.

    Comment by Izzy — June 12, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

  16. Tier’s are not performance based. People can have the same season’s in tiers 1 and 2 but the first tier was great players having great years. Carlos Gomez is not a ‘great player’ historically.

    Comment by jon — June 12, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

  17. He explained that. He has no other back-up 3b so if Carpenter started at 2b he or Wright would have to play the whole game.

    Of course, this could be solved by having Todd Frazier be back-up 3b. He has 2 WAR, same as Scutaro and Phillips, so one of them could be dropped, with Carpenter starting at 2b.

    Pence, Parra or Marte may deserve a spot over Braun, although he does get the “star” nod. I question whether he’s really earned his UZR, since that takes a while to stabilize, but he has been better as a fielder last year and a half per that metric. Braun’s been pretty good and hurt, but Pence’s WAR especially is a lot higher. I suppose it is an All-Star team not an All-WAR team.

    Comment by Wobatus — June 12, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

  18. Melancon is having a good year, not a great year. I would prefer a top tier starter over a reliever any day. Grilli is probably the only reliever in baseball that should be an all-star this year.

    Comment by KJ — June 12, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

  19. Maybe because there are already nine starters mentioned? Or maybe because Melancon is better than Minor this year in almost every stat that isn’t cumulative? (Is Melancon ‘decent but not great’? Sure. Is he having an amazing first half? Absolutely.) Or maybe because there would only be three relievers?

    Comment by Bob — June 12, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

  20. I think a representative of the Rockies bullpen needs to be in the all star game – such as Rex Brothers who has an ERA of 0.31 – I know his WAR is only 0.8 – but Brothers is lights out solid.

    Comment by boomer — June 12, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

  21. Rosenthal definitely has him beat there. What he doesn’t have him beat in is one single other stat.

    Comment by Bob — June 12, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

  22. Or maybe because Melancon is better than Minor this year in almost every stat that isn’t cumulative?

    You actually can’t just compare a relief pitcher’s rate stats to a starting pitcher’s rate stats. Sorry, but out of these two, Minor is undoubtedly the All Star.

    Comment by Anon21 — June 12, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

  23. Great list. One quibble: AJ Burnett. Not sure who’d he replace (I’m thinking Jordan Zimmerman), but dude has been really good.

    Anyways, good stuff.

    Comment by CabreraDeath — June 12, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

  24. Cargo has a higher SLG than Votto. Baby Cargo.
    Just sayin.

    Comment by Urban Shocker — June 12, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

  25. I think you have to start looking at RA/9 Wins for Zimmermann. He’s outperformed his FIP both this year and last and I think we can start to believe some of that.

    Comment by cass — June 12, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

  26. I had no idea Gattis’s WAR had climbed above Justin Upton’s. Wow.

    Comment by Alex — June 12, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

  27. How many scoreless innings do I need to throw?

    Comment by Rex Brothers — June 12, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

  28. I’d take 82 innings of very good pitching vs 31 innings of excellent pitching, and so would every other MLB team.

    Comment by Brandon — June 12, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

  29. No love for Dom Brown?

    Comment by Ben — June 12, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

  30. Me neither, and I had set my ScoreMobile app to inform me if and when this happened. Damned computers; I don’t even know why the scientists invented them.

    Comment by tomdog — June 12, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

  31. Only as friends.

    Comment by tomdog — June 12, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

  32. Whenever an All-Star game lasts 82 innings, we will make sure Mike Minor is on the roster then.

    Comment by Los — June 12, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

  33. But seriously I’d add him in place of Choo. I’m just no Shin-Soo him.

    Comment by tomdog — June 12, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

  34. *not that

    Comment by tomdog — June 12, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

  35. I understand your reasoning for Matt Carpenter playing 3B (though I think better solutions to the problem exist), but why is he the backup? Comparing him to Wright, seems to me that Carpenter should be the starter.

    Comment by Anon — June 12, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

  36. when are they going to hand out biogenesis suspensions…. it better happen before the all star game, and those names not be a part of the list come summer classic time….*ahem* Braun….

    Comment by attgig — June 12, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

  37. Mariano Rivera should be an All Star, this year, next year, and every year, in perpetuity.

    Comment by David — June 12, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

  38. The most meaningful stat… Outs recorded.

    by 2…

    Comment by David — June 12, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

  39. Why is Kershaw starting?

    Wainwright and Harvey both look like clearly better choices.

    Comment by Anon — June 12, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

  40. I don’t know who I would bump but if I’m Bruce Bochy I’d be dying to get Trevor Rosenthal and his 100 mph fastball onto the roster. This year he has the second highest WAR among NL relievers as well as the third lowest FIP and SIERA. His fastball is tied with Chapman for highest average velocity.

    Comment by Jey — June 12, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

  41. What? No Bryan Lahair?

    Comment by Los — June 12, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

  42. @KJ, please point what has only been ‘good, not great’

    Here’s his stats with NL RP ranks in parentheses (min. 20 IP)

    1.64 SIERA (2nd), 1.79 FIP (2nd), 1.96 xFIP (2nd), 1.15 ERA (3rd), 1.0 WAR (3rd), 20 SD (1st)

    What exactly does he need to do to have had a great year so far in your eyes?

    Comment by l1ay — June 12, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

  43. Because Citi Field. Also because Carpenter is a utility player who could be used at several positions depending on need, which would be particularly useful late in the game if they needed to move him around.

    Comment by Jey — June 12, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

  44. It’s just a shame that Wright won’t actually get to start the game at Citi Field, as the Giants fans will give Sandoval more than enough votes to get the undeserving nod.

    Comment by vivalajeter — June 12, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

  45. As a philosophical question – relievers tend to perform better than starters on a per inning basis, even though starters are obviously the most talented pitchers in the game. One would assume that in a format like the ASG, the starters who are only pitching 1-2 innings at a time would get a boost in performance relative to when they have to pitch 6+ innings, but how much of one? Is a starter pitching 1 IP in an ASG comparable to how that starter would perform if he were placed in the bullpen as a short reliever full time? And if not, could the optimal pitching staff for a single game like this consist of the 9 best relief pitchers each assigned a single inning? Not sure if there’s a definitive answer, but I’d be interested to hear people’s thoughts.

    Comment by LK — June 12, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

  46. Wilton Lopez has more outs recorded than either of them. Wilton Lopez is an ALLSTAR!!!

    Comment by Los — June 12, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

  47. Just got Logic’d.

    Comment by Logic'd — June 12, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

  48. @Brandon: then add Minor and remove fellow Brave Kimbrel, who was the worse stats of the four NL relievers (or actually add Latos or Bailey, both of whom are having comparable/better seasons than Minor)

    Comment by Andrew — June 12, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

  49. Bochy will choose Sergio Romo (surge protector) who has had a great year

    Comment by Oil Can Boyd — June 12, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

  50. …ERA?

    He has him beat in WAR. I’m not sure what you’re getting at. They’re both good choices. I would pick Rosenthal because of the psychological effect of bringing in a guy with a 100 mph fastball and also because he doesn’t have a 4 year career of mediocrity preceding this season. But yeah, both good choices.

    Comment by Jey — June 12, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

  51. Because Kershaw’s better?

    Comment by Frank — June 12, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

  52. I think Bob was probably referring to, among other stats: BB/9, GB%, FIP, xFIP.

    But I agree with your conclusion that they are both good choices and pretty close to one another.

    Comment by Andrew — June 12, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

  53. Not this year.

    Comment by Bill — June 12, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

  54. As long as we are being philosophical, what do you mean by “starters are obviously the most talented pitchers in the game?”

    Comment by Dubuque, IA — June 12, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

  55. Melancon’s ERA is 1.15. Rosenthal’s is 1.69. He has Melancon in WAR by .1. But yes, I was referring to every other rate stat. No knock on Rosenthal, entirely worthy of a spot. More of a knock on isolating the one rate stat Rosenthal is superior and saying it’s conclusive.

    Comment by Bob — June 12, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

  56. I would rather have Kimbrel, Chapman, and Mariano Rivera for 1 inning than any other pitcher in all of baseball.

    Comment by I'm not your meme — June 12, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

  57. It was the “one single stat” that threw me off. That would seem to allude to WAR but, again, Rosenthal has the better WAR.

    Comment by Jey — June 12, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

  58. I kinda like to think that a difference of .1 WAR in the middle of June is a push, but you’re correct. Rosenthal has him there.

    Comment by Bob — June 12, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

  59. I can’t complain about Pablo not being there. On performance he doesn’t deserve it. But dammit, as an irrational fan, I want to see him take a hack at the plate!

    Comment by Bryan — June 12, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

  60. I think there’s a case for Hunter Pence (2.6 WAR) sneaking in over Fowler – park-adjusted he’s having a pretty similar offensive year to Fowler, and is an equally good baserunner. So I guess it’s just a question of whether the defensive stats are in any way believable or just SSS.

    Comment by Reuben — June 12, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

  61. How about Trevor Rosenthal over Melancon? Stats back that up and it’s a 1:1 move. Plus, Rosenthal’s more exciting.

    Comment by tehzachatak — June 12, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

  62. “This year and last” means 1 1/3 seasons. It’s a little early to say that he’s definitively a guy who outpitches his FIP.

    Comment by chuckb — June 12, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

  63. As a Cards’ fan I’ve got no problem with Wainwright making the team and not pitching.

    Comment by chuckb — June 12, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

  64. Amazing, considering he has 75 less PA than Yadier. It’s a shame, if you extend his production over 75 more PA, he’d be the obvious #1 catcher, and probably an early MVP candidate.

    I’m a Braves fan, if it isn’t obvious…

    Comment by scruddet — June 12, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

  65. I’m don’t disagree with that, especially re Bailey. I’m just saying comparing a starter to a reliever by k% or bb% is silly, and minor is easily better this year than Melancon.

    Comment by Brandon — June 12, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

  66. Carlos Beltran, Allen Craig, Lance Lynn, Trevor Rosenthal, and Edward Mujica wonder if the best team in baseball should be better represented.

    Comment by Randy — June 12, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

  67. I literally had to look at the date to see if you were talking about last year? So no Dom Brown, who is the ENTIRE Phillies offense….and you are singing the praises of Pence and Braun…ummm…ok….well, if you are a fan of crossing your fingers every time the ball is hit to Pence, and you are a fan of a soon to be 3x convicted druggie, well by all means!

    Comment by Jay — June 12, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

  68. well, you screwed that one up.

    Comment by pudieron89 — June 12, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

  69. I don’t think you know what convicted means.

    Comment by dp04 — June 12, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

  70. I think he’d be perfect to pinch hit with when the AL brings in Verlander to pitch.

    Comment by Rick — June 12, 2013 @ 8:02 pm

  71. I’m a big Phillies fan (sigh) so I would really like to see him in the game. But, when I compare him with each of the OFs already on this list, I just can’t justify swapping any of them out. I couldn’t put him in over Choo, Gonzalez and McCutchen or Gomez with a straight face. Harper’s more exciting and better. Braun’s still just crazy good. Fowler’s close… Meh. At most, people are cautiously optimistic about Dom. A few more fingers, and maybe a SB or two, may push him over the edge

    Comment by jruby — June 12, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

  72. A few more *dingers, obviously, is what I meant before my iPhone corrected it. I’m not claiming that Armando Benitez should come back and pitch the all-star game…

    Comment by jruby — June 12, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

  73. Someday NY will get the internet so their fans can vote, too.

    Comment by EricR — June 12, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

  74. Antonio Alfonseca had extra fingers. Benitez just gave up extra dingers.

    Comment by EricR — June 12, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

  75. Remember when Dave called Marco Scuataro’s contract “irrational exuberance” this off season…. ahhh good times.

    He may pay off (in terms of value) his 3 year contract in this year alone.

    Comment by Hank — June 12, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

  76. You’re right. Comparing a starter to a reliever is silly.

    Comment by Bob — June 12, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

  77. Absolutely no way does Burnett deserve a sport over Zimmerman

    Comment by Kogoruhn — June 12, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

  78. Think Ozuna (1.6 WAR) has a little better case than Fernandez, but neither would be a bad choice for the Marlins representative. Of course with 35 days left, we all know Stanton is capable of going on a ridiculous run and stealing that honor.

    Comment by Ehsan Kassim — June 12, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

  79. Isn’t he out the next 4-6 weeks?

    Comment by Kogoruhn — June 12, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

  80. McCutchen is a fine CF, but I can see no reason to put him there when you have Gomez on the roster.

    Comment by Robby — June 12, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

  81. Like with yesterday’s AL post, here is what a pure (as much as possible) fWAR team for the last 12 months would be.

    C Buster Posey-SF
    1B Joey Votto-Cin
    2B Chase Utley-Phi
    SS Ian Desmond-Was
    3B Chase Headley-SD
    OF Andrew McCutchen-Pit
    OF Ryan Braun-Mil
    OF Carlos Gomez-Mil
    DH Yadier Molina-StL*

    1B Paul Goldschmidt-Ari
    2B Brandon Phillips-Cin
    2B Aaron Hill-Ari
    2B/3B Matt Carpenter-StL
    SS Jimmy Rollins-Phi
    SS Troy Tulowitzki-Col**
    3B David Wright-NYM
    3B Aramis Ramirez-Mil
    OF Jason Heyward-Atl
    OF Bryce Harper-Was
    OF Matt Holliday-StL
    OF Justin Ruggiano-Mia***

    SP Adam Wainwright-StL
    SP Clayton Kershaw-LAD
    SP Cliff Lee-Phi
    SP Jordan Zimmermann-Was
    SP Homer Bailey-Cin
    SP Mat Latos-Cin
    SP Matt Harvey-NYM
    SP Kris Medlen-Atl
    SP Johnny Cueto-Cin
    SP Wade Miley-Ari
    SP Jeff Samardzija-ChC****
    RP Craig Kimbrel-Atl
    RP Jason Grilli-Pit

    *I’m listing him there as the highest WAR of anyone outside the other starting 8. It would be rather silly to use him as the DH, though. David Wright is next up, so he would really be the DH while Molina became the backup catcher. His presence is also why I did not list a catcher on the bench.
    **Actually tied with Ryan Zimmerman for last spot, but Zimmerman has gotten his in 150 games while Tulowitzki has gotten his in 59 (!) games, so I’m giving Tulowitzki the nod. I would have had to switch them even if I hadn’t, in order to give the Rockies a rep.
    ***In as a team representative, replacing Everth Cabrera.
    ****In as a team representative, replacing Cole Hamels.

    Comment by Visitor — June 12, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

  82. None of those pitchers can hold Strasburg’s jockstrap

    Comment by Oasis — June 12, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

  83. I’m not sure he knows what 3 means.

    Comment by tomdog — June 12, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

  84. Do they have a DH when it’s played in an NL park?

    Also, while I see the value in a rolling 12-month period, it just doesn’t work for some people. Headley was great in the 2nd half of last year, especially in September, but there’s no way I can bring someone to the AS game if he hasn’t produced this year.

    Comment by vivalajeter — June 12, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

  85. Panda. Don’t let Verlander blind you into forgetting him.

    Comment by gdc — June 12, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

  86. Way to represent the “best fans in baseball”, Whinypants!

    Comment by Hello — June 12, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

  87. I just think it’s interesting to look at it, not really saying that it’s how the team should be.

    I think the ASG is always played with the DH, but to tell the truth I don’t care about the game much, so I could be wrong. The last time I watched the ASG was in about 1996.

    Comment by Visitor — June 12, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

  88. I believe you mean Antonio Alfonseca rather than Armando Benitez.

    Comment by steex — June 12, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

  89. In my very humble opinion, I think Gerardo Parra could qualify.

    Comment by Wub — June 12, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

  90. The only thing I know for sure about the NL All-Stars is that Evan Gattis needs to pinch hit in the 8th/9th inning with runners on base.

    Comment by Bronnt — June 12, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

  91. Yeah, I definitely did. DAMN AUTO-CORRECT.

    Comment by jruby — June 12, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

  92. Then it’s a good thing they’re paid to pitch.

    Comment by Blur — June 12, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

  93. He changed his name to Evan Gattis

    Comment by Ivan Grushenko — June 13, 2013 @ 1:38 am

  94. He’s certainly fun to watch.

    Comment by Ivan Grushenko — June 13, 2013 @ 1:40 am

  95. its so unfortunate that not very many people live in New York.
    if only they had a larger population so they could compete with SF maybe the voting would be fair.

    Comment by cs3 — June 13, 2013 @ 2:05 am

  96. More like its just a mattter of “who would Bochy rather take? Fowler, or Pence?”


    Comment by cs3 — June 13, 2013 @ 2:07 am

  97. I have no quibble with this excellent list, but am struggling mentally with thinking of Brandon Phillips as a “great player” in the class of most of the others in that tier.

    Comment by Bookbook — June 13, 2013 @ 9:00 am

  98. To KJ Says: Why? These guys all end up pitching an inning in the AS game – what’s the magic of a starter being there vs. a reliever?

    Melancon’s numbers are what they are. If he’s the #2 reliever in the NL and has the 6th-best FIP in all of baseball….what are we talking about? That’s what the AS Game is for, right?

    Comment by jg941 — June 13, 2013 @ 9:47 am

  99. @Andrew,

    Nobody has better stats than anybody in the stats that that person has better of.

    Comment by TKDC — June 13, 2013 @ 9:49 am

  100. Mujica has to make this team. He’s perfect so far this year

    Comment by Zach — June 13, 2013 @ 9:52 am

  101. Possibly – the K rate is starting its usual climb and, as it does, pitchers will stop pitching around him becasue of his hot April and the BB rate will plummet. And the defense is crappy.

    Definite tailspin candidate from here out, but at least he’s not as godawful as his brother. Too bad you couldn’t transplant BUp’s glove onto JUp

    Comment by jg941 — June 13, 2013 @ 9:56 am

  102. Seriously hoping that Biogenesis cheaters like Braun and Everth Cabrera get bounced before the ASG, whether by fan vote, Bochy or MLB suspensions.

    Comment by jg941 — June 13, 2013 @ 10:03 am

  103. cept the stats don’t back that up.

    Comment by Clifford — June 13, 2013 @ 10:04 am

  104. thank you l1ay!! I can’t understand how anyone thinks those numbers are “good, not great” they’re almost otherwordly at this point.

    Comment by Billy — June 13, 2013 @ 10:14 am

  105. Also… “entire;’ “singing;” “druggie”

    Comment by Razor — June 13, 2013 @ 10:26 am

  106. He’ll probably get in. The voters always love HR’s.

    Comment by Muggi — June 13, 2013 @ 10:44 am

  107. I think the implication is that many relievers (certainly not all) are failed starters, and many who were marginal-to-bad starters went on to find quite a measure of success relieving.

    Comment by Jason B — June 13, 2013 @ 11:31 am

  108. Your auto-correct turns “Alfonseca” into “Benitez”?! Holy cow, I gotta get that app. Does it transliterate any random baseball player into any other random player? Or just relievers to other relievers, catchers to other catchers, etc? Does it work across all major sports? Across all active and past players? NEAT!

    That John Jaha is a surefire hall of famer! Did I say John Jaha?! I meant PUJOLS! AUTO-CORRECT!!!

    Comment by Jason B — June 13, 2013 @ 11:35 am

  109. He’s looked a lot better the last couple of games and hit a 430 foot home run yesterday. Hopefully that is the start of a new hot streak.

    You are right about the glove though. That has been really disappointing.

    Comment by KJ — June 13, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

  110. Goldschmidt should be the DH (that doesn’t exist, but if you’re going to put one, it should be him). He’s been a bit under Harper this year, but with 100 more PAs. That’s not a small number.

    Comment by TKDC — June 13, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

  111. Works exactly like that Jason B. like the time I wanted to write “Unfortunately, the Cubbies’ success will be short-lived” and it got auto-corrected to “Kerry Woods will be in the Hall of Fame someday”

    Comment by jruby — June 13, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

  112. No Puig? This is whole list is a sham…

    Comment by MLB Rainmaker — June 13, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

  113. For a moment please picture Everth Cabrera with a Barry Bonds size head……we would have the first live bobble head playing in the ASG.

    Comment by Joel — June 13, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

  114. I completely agree. He’s a lock for the HOF. How can he not be on the all-star team?!??!

    Comment by DowntownChico — June 13, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

  115. Definitively does not mean the same thing as definitely.

    Comment by skippyballer486 — June 13, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

  116. What about Hunter Pence? By WAR, he has been the 3rd best outfielder in the National League so far this year!

    Comment by 101213 — June 13, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

  117. OK, I get it. Hah! You have the best hitter in the galaxy not named Miguel Cabrera batting in the two-hole and the league leader in RBIs batting 9th.

    Comment by Reds Homer — June 13, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

  118. Votto should be batting 2nd everyday. He is also the reason why Phillips has so many RBI, which is an irrelevant stat in this discussion anyway.

    Comment by Geronimo — June 14, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

  119. The only thing is his home run distance is pretty fragile. Like Yadi-2012, he’s hitting a lot of dingers that barely go over the fence.

    Comment by Giant WOBA — June 15, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

  120. Were you looking for me?

    Comment by — June 15, 2013 @ 3:04 pm


    Comment by MITCH — June 16, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

  122. No love for Freddie Freeman…

    Comment by Jon — June 19, 2013 @ 10:55 am

  123. Dom Brown should be in there. Over Evan Gattis.

    Comment by Dylan MacKinnon — June 30, 2013 @ 4:01 am

  124. I dont think we should be making our decisions on WAR, or FWAR. I hate how people use that stat like it is the be all end all.

    Comment by Dylan MacKinnon — June 30, 2013 @ 4:07 am

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