The Marlins Have No All-Stars

The Miami Marlins spent a pretty penny this offseason, signing free agents Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell to help generate interest in the team and its new stadium. With several strong pieces in place before these lucrative deals were doled out, the Marlins figured to vie for playoff contention. Best laid plans haven’t come to fruition, as at 41-44, the Marlins have been very disappointing. It’s a perfect metaphor of their season that they won’t be represented at this week’s all-star game.

Giancarlo Stanton was initially tabbed as the only Marlins all-star, and his selection was deserving. Stanton has a .392 wOBA on top of solid fielding marks and is currently on pace to finish with 37 home runs and 5.7 WAR, both clear career bests. Though he was the only player chosen from his team, this was not a token selection by Tony La Russa. Stanton ranks 14th in the National League in WAR, and would certainly stands out as someone wanted for a team in a game that determines home field advantage in the World Series.

But, once again, the uncertainty surrounding the true purpose of the all-star game is rearing its ugly head. Stanton got hurt, was removed from both the home run derby and the game itself, and La Russa and MLB opted against adding another Marlins player. From the standpoint of putting the best product on the field in order to win an important game, the decision makes some sense. However, the game itself hasn’t changed all that much after the home field stipulation was added and under the current rules it seems strange not to add a replacement.

The decision to award home field advantage based on the results of this exhibition game was interesting, to say the least. Not because of the decision itself, but because it was the only change to a game that otherwise meant nothing.

The rules precluded putting the best team on the field, and that doesn’t make any sense when the outcome factors this heavily in who wins the World Series. The sport was essentially trying to have its cake and eat it, too, by adding the ‘this time it counts’ stipulation, but without modifying any other aspect of the game.

Adding the home field advantage factor likely reduced the number of true impact players who exaggerated aches and pains in order to rest up or spend time with their families — which are perfectly understandable reasons for backing out of the festivities. But it didn’t solve the contradiction of having the game count for so much with so little emphasis on actually picking the best 25 players.

So what we have is a game with a very important outcome whose rosters likely leave out players more likely to impact the final score, but who are left out due to the player selection requirements. However, given that the rules still require each team to have a representative, it seems odd that La Russa and others with decision-making powers wouldn’t select another Marlins player. What we’ll end up with is a game that counts, with each team except one represented, because, well… there actually hasn’t been a tangible reason given.

La Russa probably felt that the roster is fine as is, and that selecting another Marlins player would be an exercise for the sake of itself. That there are several more deserving players than Josh Johnson — the likeliest replacement Marlin — and that selecting him just because the Marlins need another player flies in the face of what the game has grown to represent. It seems more like making a statement about the game than actually managing in the best interests of the league. Forgive the cliche, but it’s possible that many Marlins fans won’t tune in.

There were other ways this could have been handled. La Russa could have selected Johnson, or Anibal Sanchez, and simply saved them in the pitcher-who-is-saved-for-extra-innings role. That way the Marlins have a representative, but the player — who La Russa didn’t want in the first place — has a far lower likelihood of ever impacting the game. That solution would have benefited both sides.

The Marlins are already going to suffer now that Stanton is going to miss 4-6 weeks while recovering from knee surgery. They shouldn’t be further penalized in a game that really makes little sense by not having a replacement representative.



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Eric is an accountant and statistical analyst from Philadelphia. He also covers the Phillies at Phillies Nation and can be found here on Twitter.


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MX
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MX
4 years 14 days ago

With all the new stadium, new jersey, new logo and other stuff, it’s just so ironic that nobody is wearing that “M” in all-star game.

Visine
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Visine
4 years 14 days ago

My favorite part of the All Star game is that when it’s over, we won’t have to deal with dickhead LaRussa anymore.

Todd Doug
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Todd Doug
4 years 14 days ago

A dickhead who is one of the most successful managers in MLB history.

MikeS
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MikeS
4 years 14 days ago

I used to love the All Star game and thought it was a really big deal. Then I turned 13.

ccoop
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ccoop
4 years 14 days ago

well said.

PiratesHurdles
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PiratesHurdles
4 years 14 days ago

Snark aside, in the pre-internet, pre-cable, pre-interleague era, the all-star game was a big deal. It was one of the only times all year that you got to see these guys play. If you lived in a NL market, it was the only chance outside the playoffs to see AL guys come to life from their baseball cards.

Now we have complete exposure for MLB and the showcase really doesn’t matter at all, but lets not act like it was just for kids. We’re only talking about 20 years ago here.

Ben
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Ben
4 years 14 days ago

Completely agree, PiratesHurdles. For the reasons you mention, I watched This Week in Baseball religiously in the 70s and 80s.

Todd Doug
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Todd Doug
4 years 14 days ago

I don’t get the “All Star game sucks” meme. Sure, it’s stupid that the game “counts” or whatever, but it’s still pretty cool to see all those awesome players assembled. Look at the NL roster, and realize that line-up is going against Verlander, et al. Take into account that there’s no way to half-ass the game (unlike quite literally every other major sport’s All Star Game) and I think it’s pretty sweet.

I’ll agree that it doesn’t hold the same appeal (as PiratesHurdles accurately pointed out), but it’s still a fun game to watch.

mds2929
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4 years 14 days ago

MLB replaced recently-traded Jeff Shaw with Bret Boone in 1998, giving the Reds a token representative. Boone likely didn’t deserve the nod, but it was a nice move to at least give Cincinnati fans a player to root for during the game. It isn’t a huge deal, but I would’ve liked to have seen the same courtesy extended to Miami and Seattle (as Felix Hernandez pitched on Sunday), even if that meant that someone like Omar Infante or Furbush/Millwood was headed to KC. There are already plenty of questionable selections on these (huge) rosters that two more wouldn’t change much.

bstar
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bstar
4 years 14 days ago

There is no longer a “you pitched on Sunday so you can’t pitch in the All-Star game” rule. That has been abolished.

DD
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DD
4 years 14 days ago

Except for the fact that Cueto was left off by LaRussa for that very reason.

Big Red Machine
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Big Red Machine
4 years 14 days ago

@ DD.

You believed that was the actual reason?

Larry Bernandez
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Larry Bernandez
4 years 14 days ago

Except for the fact that Cueto was left off by LaRussa becasue La Russa’s a dick that doesn’t like the Reds. Fixed that for ya.

ms
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ms
4 years 14 days ago

Except for the fact that Cueto is a dick who ended Jason LaRue’s career by kicking him in the head with his spikes on the field. Fixed that for ya.

DD
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DD
4 years 14 days ago

Big Red Machine – it was an actual quote by LaRussa, on ESPN. When he was asked about it, because Baker was so pissed.

vivalajeter
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vivalajeter
4 years 14 days ago

DD, after Clemens threw a fastball at Piazza’s head and gave him a concussion, there was a quote by Clemens that he didn’t do it on purpose. A few months later he threw a bat at Piazza, and his quote as that he thought it was the ball (which leads to the question, why would he throw the ball at the runner and not at the first baseman?).

Just because someone gives an official quote, it doesn’t mean it’s their actual reasoning.

payroll
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payroll
4 years 14 days ago

I wonder if La Russa would have made the same decision if he wasn’t retired.

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phoenix2042
4 years 14 days ago

I wonder if he would have made the decision if the cards were the ones without a rep because of injuries.

Baltar
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Baltar
4 years 14 days ago

And a retired manager shouldn’t be managing in the All Star game. It should have been the manager of the team the Cards beat in the championship series, and on down the line if that guy was retired.

KJOK
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4 years 14 days ago

The first all-star game was managed by John McGraw, a retired manager, so I think that ship sailed almost 80 years ago.

Phrozen
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Phrozen
4 years 14 days ago

No, that just means John McGraw should be the manager instead of La Russa.

Steve
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Steve
4 years 14 days ago

MLB probably forgot the ‘every team must have an All-Star’ rule because they were blinded by their massive Bryce Harper boner.

Mr. Observant
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Mr. Observant
4 years 14 days ago

Adroit use of the word ‘boner’. Perhaps the best answer to this seemingly never-ending All-Star debate might be to replace all players with team mascots or a random draw of players selected from the Alameda County men’s beer league. Either option would at least offer the hope of a novel viewing experience.

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
4 years 14 days ago

Drew Carey says, “In this game, each All-Star has been assigned a prop. The players have to hit a pitch from Bruce Chen using their prop. Let’s see what they’re gonna use! Albert Pujols has a giant wobbly spatula… Matt Holliday is using a balloon schnauzer and wearing clown shoes… and Adrian Beltre is armed with a meat tenderizer. Let’s go!”

Jason B
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Jason B
4 years 14 days ago

And then Drew laughs uproariously at his own joke even though he hasn’t really said anything even sorta funny since 1996.

SAS
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SAS
4 years 14 days ago

It seems like MLB can’t win. If they take another, lesser-deserving Marlin that nobody besides Marlin fans particularly wants to see, when they aren’t technically obligated to do so, then MLB would be criticized for not taking the opportunity to get somebody young and exciting and fun, i.e. Bryce Harper, into the game.

Now that they select Harper, they get criticized for not doing the right thing by putting another Marlin into the game, as if the interest in South Florida to see Josh Johnson or Anibel Sanchez pitch in this game is remotely close to the national interest in Harper.

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Ernesto
4 years 14 days ago

As a Marlins fan, I agree. I don’t understand why the team president has such a problem with having no All Stars represented. He should be disappointed with the extremely poor play of the team. Stanton is the only deserving candidate and he’s injured so good riddance.

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joser
4 years 14 days ago

Not to mention I have a hard time believing the presence or absence of a single Marlins player not named Stanton is going to cause more than a couple of televisions in the Miami area to change what they were going to do that night anyway.

Eddie
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Eddie
4 years 14 days ago

Mr. Seidman’s criticism is missplaced. If Harper is a more deserving candidate than any Marlin, then his selection is the right decision. Mandatory roster selection rules be damned.

Larry Bernandez
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Larry Bernandez
4 years 14 days ago

How is this the case? If Harper were a more deserving candidate that any other player in the NL then his selection is the right decision. Otherwise its pretty obvious whats going on.

TKDC
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TKDC
4 years 14 days ago

So much national interest that he finished 4th out of 5 in the final vote???

SaberTJ
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SaberTJ
4 years 14 days ago

Harper openly said for people to vote in Chipper Jones

Tom
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Tom
4 years 14 days ago

Wait so LaRussa may be making us some BS explanation… that doesn’t seem like him at all!

LaRussa on why Dickey won’t start: I prefer to let him warm up with Ruiz so he gets used to the pitcher so there is some familiarity. (He’d hate to have Posey catching him “cold”)

Hey Tony…. doesn’t the starting catcher warmup the starting pitcher before the game also? How is his plan with Ruiz at all different than how he would warm up with Posey if he was the starting pitcher?

I don’t mind if he chose Cain on merit… but to make up these BS justfications and then just have the media just accept it as gospel because he’s a successful manager is a bit ridiculous.

And to watch the Cardinal fans defend all this irrational logic is even funnier…

Big Jgke
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Big Jgke
4 years 14 days ago

The league should just drop the game entirely. The entire point of the ASG was to get a chance to see the sort of matchups that nobody saw back when the only interleague play was the World Series and both leagues had vastly different playing styles and player loyalty/the reserve clause keeping guys on teams for life.

I would be more likely to watch the ASG if they just made it a giant ridiculous skills competition, rather than a meaningless game that has all the features of baseball that I enjoy mandated out of it to please the Players Union and Bud Selig’s self-importance boner.

steex
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steex
4 years 14 days ago

I’d be satisfied if they just embraced the meaningless nature of the ASG make it a slowpitch softball game after the season. The honor is getting named to the team, and I might rather watch the all-stars goofing around beer league style than what we currently get.

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MrKnowNothing
4 years 14 days ago

wanting to see Harper in a beer league style game is a “clown want, bro.”

Big Jgke
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Big Jgke
4 years 14 days ago

That’s what I mean, steex. Counter to the NFL where a game without intensity renders their ASG the blandest spectacle of overpaid athletics possible, some kind of exhibition involving the best players on earth with all pressure acknowledged to be removed actually has a lot of promise for entertainment.

I would love to see a slowpitch beer-league rules game after the season.

steex
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steex
4 years 14 days ago

I do want clowns. In fact, I’m in favor of all the players dressing as clowns for this all-star slowpitch game.

Ernesto
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Ernesto
4 years 14 days ago

I don’t have a problem with this as a Marlins fan. Stanton is the only deserving candidate. No need for a pity selection.

Jason B
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Jason B
4 years 14 days ago

From the article: “the outcome factors this heavily in who wins the World Series.”

and

“But it didn’t solve the contradiction of having the game count for so much”

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I’m too lazy to look, but home field has *not* been a relatively large or critical factor in determining who has historically won the WS, correct?

Doug Lampert
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Doug Lampert
4 years 13 days ago

Home field is worth a roughly 4% edge between evenly matched teams.

Assuming my calculation is correct, given equal teams the team with home field advantage should win about 58.7% of the time (I’m actually quite surprised it’s that high, intuitively I’d have guessed 4% based on the idea that the first 6 are even and the last game has only a 4% edge).

But either way, you shouldn’t expect home field to be a big edge. But it is presumably an edge.

Eric R
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Eric R
4 years 14 days ago

Putting aside any value in the structure of the World Series, besides the final game, and only looking at that 7th game-

Here are the percentages of World Series utilizing a game 7 by decade, since 1922 when we got to 7 game series for good:
2000+: 25%
1990s: 22%
1980s: 40%
1970s: 50%
1960s: 60%
1950s: 50%
1940s: 40%
1930s: 20%
1920s: 38%

Seems as though that seventh game is getting less and less needed anyways.

Over the last 50 World Series, there were 19 game sevens, with the home team going 11-8.

Looking at the whole series [since starting out at home may be an additional advantage], the team with HFA since 1961 is 29-21… so the HFA team won at almost exactly the same rate whether it went seven games or not [.579 vs .581]

Ronin
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Ronin
4 years 14 days ago

Now for a second level look at how important home field advantage is, how often did the home team in the world series have a better regular season record?

Will
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Will
4 years 14 days ago

Don’t forget that until they changed the rules recently, the team with the better record got HFA. Therefore, it’s not surprising that the better team (the one with HFA) would have a better record in the World Series.

PiratesHurdles
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PiratesHurdles
4 years 14 days ago

No, HF alternated between AL and NL before the current setup.

Eric R
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Eric R
4 years 14 days ago

But then even if the home team had 98 wins and the road team 93, that only means the home team was better in the regular season if we can assume that they had equivalent schedules.

That aside:
2011 The .556 Cardinals beat the .593 Rangers in seven games. Using the log5 method from the ’81 Baseball Abstract, it would seem that Texas should have had a .582 win% in the series, vs .429 actual.

I used this to calculate how many games we’d expect each HFA team to win [in the number of games actually played] and going back 20 World Series, I currently have an expected 2.91 wins and an actual 3.30 wins.

So assuming that a record in the AL and NL are equivalent, HFA has been worth about 0.4 wins per series. On average though, the HFA barely got any extra home games [2.80 vs 2.75]. The four and six game series are even and a five game series actually gives the non-HFA an extra game.

Eric R
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Eric R
4 years 14 days ago

I split it up into three groups based on whether the HFA team got one more, one fewer or the same number of HF games.

In the five game series, where the HFA team got two games and the other team three, the HFA team won 0.20 fewer games than log5 method suggests. When they got the extra game, +0.51 games.

The unexpected result is that in those other series they won 0.54 more games than expected despite each team having the same number of home games.

vivalajeter
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vivalajeter
4 years 14 days ago

You can research all you want, but is there a single player, managers, executive or fanbase that doesn’t want home field advantage? Sure, their odds of winning aren’t appreciably better – but it’s still someone that everybody justifiably wants.

vivalajeter
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vivalajeter
4 years 14 days ago

I obviously meant “it’s still something” rather than “it’s still someone”

TKDC
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TKDC
4 years 14 days ago

Nevermind all of this, there are many, many guys having better seasons than Harper who were passed over, including Omar Infante (at least according to fWAR). Additionally, only a true Nats homer would argue that Harper is (currently) the most talented player to choose from.

Also, 2-time allstar Omar Infante would be hilarious.

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
4 years 14 days ago

True Nats homer here. Bryce Harper had, what, the 16th best OPS among NL outfielders? But hey, if the other 15 are all injured, I’m totally cool with this.

I voted Bourn in the Final Vote, by the way.

Eric R
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Eric R
4 years 14 days ago

RE: Infante– the gap is 0.1 fWAR in half a seasons stats; as I understand it that makes them essentially indistinguishable. Also- perhaps they were looking to replace an OFer with another OFer? Granted that probably means a better case for one of the Braves OFers than Harper…

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
4 years 14 days ago

Also, Infante’s got a 0.1 fWAR lead having played a dozen more games.

TKDC
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TKDC
4 years 14 days ago

You’re both really latching onto the Infante thing, but if you want to go there, Justin Ruggiano has the same WAR as Harper in 96 PAs, so he’s the obvious choice, no?

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
4 years 14 days ago

TKDC, by pointing out that Infante has played 12 more games I was trying to suggest that Harper is more deserving. My bad.

Also, a certain Ms. Beered thinks Justin Ruggiano has an All-Star set of glutes, if you understand my import.

TKDC
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TKDC
4 years 14 days ago

I did get that; which is why I mention Ruggliano. Honestly, the only reason I brought up Infante was the suggestion no Marlin was worthy. If Harper is worthy, Infante is too (honestly I’d go with a dozen different options first).

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
4 years 14 days ago

FWIW Mark Zuckerman at Nats Insider has this quote:

“It would be nice to put our National League young phenom against our American League phenom, because they’ve been exciting our baseball world,” La Russa said. “It’s been really good for our game to see Trout and Harper come into the game.”

dzigga
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dzigga
4 years 14 days ago

Fully agree with the article. The whole concept of the AS game has become muddled. Turn it into a charity event, where the winning team has $5 million given to their charity of choice and the losing team gets $1 million for their charity. Great PR for MLB, and the players will care a lot more about the game because this would restore some meaning — it wouldn’t just be a muddled circus act — make it about honor, respect, sportsmanship, etc.

Also make every pitcher face at least 3 guys.. I don’t need to see a commercial break every batter !

Snowblind
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Snowblind
4 years 14 days ago

Yet another reason why the All-Star Game should happen say once every 4 years, like the Olympics. I’d think that a statistically-minded community like Fangraphs would get behind the notion of having a larger sample size when discussing All-Stars.

The All-Star roster could then be representative of player’s careers – either the possible last send-off for a HOF-bound player, or recognizing someone whose career is really taking off. Doesn’t completely eliminate players having a flukey good season or good first half, but lessens it somewhat.

Then you can have it be the exhibition game that it’s supposed to be, but with higher quality players and meaning imparted by it being rare spectacle. As other people have mentioned, the ASG used to be special because it was the only chance to see some players at all… replace that specialness with the rarity of seeing some players playing together, or last hurrah for a player not likely to be active by the next ASG.

RC
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RC
4 years 14 days ago

We already see enough crappy players playing in allstar games because of their careers (and not current performance).

Encouraging that is a terrible idea.

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Hurtlockertwo
4 years 14 days ago

As is everything else in baseball these days, it’s all about the money. I’m sure the whole all star game concept is an extra revenue stream for MLB. We have never heard baseball moaning about losing money on this game, have we?

Brian
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Brian
4 years 14 days ago

And that is Selig’s legacy. Penny pinching and extra revenues have ruined the game.

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MarlinsFan2012
4 years 14 days ago

I like this article but how can Omar Infante’s name not be mentioned as being an all star worthy replacement. The guy is definitely in the argument as one of the three best secon basemen this year in the NL and the other two, Altuve and Uggla are both going to KC. Also, in the past Marlins fans have not attended games often, but TV ratings have been in the top 10 among MLB teams for years, so they probably wouldn’t have made the trip to KC, but they definitely would have been watching.

Average_Casey
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4 years 14 days ago

I’m sorry but I don’t agree with this. I’m a Mariners fan and I don’t have a problem with not having a player in the game. The Mariners haven’t been very good this year and the only other person you could argue who would deserve place on the team is Tom Wilhelmsen but it’s not a travesty that he was left off. I would rather see better players playing that someone from my favorite team playing when they don’t deserve it.

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monkey business
4 years 14 days ago

Last year, when the Twins sent Cuddyer, I was just embarrassed… I wished the rule just didn’t exist. I would rather have no representation than a 2 WAR player.

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Yinka Double Dare
4 years 14 days ago

When your team is bad and you get a token all-star (the kind that really has no business being there, not the “good player on a terrible team” kind that might actually deserve it), I always thought that it was just another reminder of how badly your team sucks.

PiratesHurdles
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PiratesHurdles
4 years 14 days ago

As a Bucco fan, I always enjoyed our token rep. It was a nice showcase for the poor guy stuck on a bad team.

I’m still trying to figure out how the toughest SP to hit in the NL isn’t on the team – James McDonald.

baycommuter
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baycommuter
4 years 14 days ago

Or for us A’s fans, getting our “token” selection being a fairly anonymous relief pitcher instead of our first all-star quality position player in years…

RC
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RC
4 years 14 days ago

“The decision to award home field advantage based on the results of this exhibition game was interesting, to say the least. Not because of the decision itself, but because it was the only change to a game that otherwise meant nothing.

The rules precluded putting the best team on the field, and that doesn’t make any sense when the outcome factors this heavily in who wins the World Series. The sport was essentially trying to have its cake and eat it, too, by adding the ‘this time it counts’ stipulation, but without modifying any other aspect of the game.”

Completely disagree.

There’s no good way to decide home field advantage in a series between two different leagues. The two teams records are meaningless when compared to each other. Having it switch each year like before is just arbitrary and dumb.

What they have now isn’t perfect, but its about as good an idea as I’ve heard.

steex
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steex
4 years 14 days ago

Seems like the obvious answer in the current system would have been for HFA to be determined by the aggregate winner of interleague play.

Ravens10
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Ravens10
4 years 14 days ago

You’re a fan of an AL team, right? The AL spends more on payroll than NL teams (fueled by the need for a DH and the Yankees spending) and therefore comes into interleague matches with more stacked lineups and rosters. So how is that a good idea?

Jason B
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Jason B
4 years 13 days ago

…which makes you a fan of an NL team, right? Right.

Ravens10
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Ravens10
4 years 12 days ago

Right, Jason! But how does that make anything I said NOT true?

milhouse trabajo
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milhouse trabajo
4 years 14 days ago

actually, if we were to base All-Stars on WAR alone, Mark Buehrle should be in there, as the 4th highest pitching WAR holder in the NL (he’s at 2.9 already). Josh johnson may have special stuff, but Buehrle is the biggest producer on that team, though he does it quietly.

But since the All-Star game counts, i would think total WAR should not be a decisive factor, since that can be affected by total opportunities. Only the most talented should be there, not the most durable. Of course it would be nice if MLB did something like the NBA with their NBA All-First Team, Second Team etc., which would be a nice designation for the best performers at the end of each year (based on total stats), but tactically, the all-star game now needs to be for the best bite-sized performers.

Ravens10
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4 years 14 days ago

According to Fangraphs, Buehrle has just a 1.6 WAR so far this year. That is just 22nd among NL starters. Not very good. Josh Johnson has a higher fWAR.

I’m a Mets fan, but feel every team should have a representative. Therefore, LaRussa should have chosen Infante, Reyes, or Johnson, even if it was just a token gesture. Most of their fans would have appreciated that. As of now, it’s a snub to Miami fans. And lets not pretend this is not heavily a fan event to begin with. The fact that Sandoval could be voted over a superior Wright to start makes that clear.

milhouse trabajo
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milhouse trabajo
4 years 13 days ago

that’s fangraphs; per baseball-reference buehrle is at 2.9 WAR (not sure what causes the big difference). i personally don’t care about each team getting a rep, especially if they had one who got injured, but if there is someone who is at the level, then when deciding between 2 candidates, i would choose the one from the team with no rep.

Ravens10
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Ravens10
4 years 13 days ago

Not to diss Buehrle, but there is nothing that stands out about him this year — not his WHIP, ERA, nor any peripheral. None of the advanced stats on fangraphs has him anywhere in the top 20, let alone the top 10. That includes FIP, xFIP, and WAR. The best he does is in traditional ERA where he comes in at 16th. And, as I said, in fWAR he comes in at a lowly 22nd.

So, what I am getting at is that pitcher WAR at baseball reference seems to be pretty useless to me. When it’s just about the only stat in the world where Buehrle comes out top 10, then something is wrong. Therefore, I would not have picked him as an all-star in any case. Infante, Reyes and Josh Johnson all deserve it more based either on current stats or their past year’s performance in 2011.

Bad Bill
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Bad Bill
4 years 14 days ago

It may be worth pointing out that the last time a team was without a player on the team and able to play, that team was the St. Louis Cardinals, managed by one Tony La Russa. The game was the infamous 2002 tie, when Matt Morris was originally named to the team but was forced(?) to sit the game out because of injury — curiously, since he pitched four days before the game, and again four days after it. Note that Pujols wasn’t considered good enough to be a late add despite a first-half line of .294/393/579. nor was Jim Edmonds with a first half of .314/.422/.616. Somehow I don’t remember people calling for Joe Torre’s head the way they are for TLR’s. Guess those guys weren’t as good as their lines, huh?

baycommuter
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baycommuter
4 years 14 days ago

So now that Torre works for MLB, this is LaRussa’s revenge? It actually sounds like something Tony would do.

Grebe
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Grebe
4 years 14 days ago

What’s worse was MLB’s East Coast NY bias allowing Joe Torre to manage both the AL and NL teams in 2002. Somehow he still managed to run out of players for both teams.

(Bob Brenly managed the NL team in 2002.)

Bad Bill
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Bad Bill
4 years 14 days ago

Chuckle … Thank you for “clarifying” that.

jirish
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jirish
4 years 14 days ago

I just don’t understand how baseball can have a rule that states every team must have a representative, then allows this to happen.

You would think a sport that gets all in a huff over unwritten rules would at least follow the written ones.

Doug Lampert
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Doug Lampert
4 years 13 days ago

I’d assume it’s because Stanton is still an all-star. Players who can’t play due to injury still get to call themselves all-stars after all.

Jose
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Jose
4 years 13 days ago

Solution to the mess: Just add X number of more slots for each team. Say 5. That should take care of the problem. You don’t have to play everyone in the game, and if the game should go into extra innings, why more bodies will be available. Problem solved.

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