MLB All-Star Game Snubs: National League

The fans really nailed the NL starters for the All-Star Game. I only had one complaint with the fan vote, so they must be commended for getting it right. All my other complaints are really nit-picking because the NL All-Star team was well selected. Manager Bruce Bochy was too much of a homer and included a few too many Giants pitchers, so that’s the only other issue I really have. Here are the NL All-Star team snubs (written as the player who should have made it over the one who did):

Aramis Ramirez over Placido Polanco, Chipper Jones at 3B

Fans got all the starters right except for Placido Polanco at third base. There was no real standout at the position this year but Ramirez is having the best year of all NL third basemen. He should have been the starter over Polanco and the backup over Chipper Jones. It should have gone Aramis and then either Chipper or Chase Headley as the backup.

Andrew McCutchen over Jay Bruce in OF

McCutchen misses out on his second straight All-Star game in favor of a Pirates reliever. He deserved to go last year over Evan Meek and deserves to go this year. Bruce had a major power surge in May that captured everyone’s attention but h’s cooled off since then. McCutchen, with his 12 home runs and 15 stolen bases, has been the better overall player.

Mike Adams over Heath Bell, RP for Padres

The Padres needed a representative. It could have easily been starter Tim Stauffer who’s pitched quite well this year. Bell isn’t a bad selection, but his setup man, Mike Adams, is more deserving. Adams has pitched more innings and has been more unhittable. Adams has only allowed 19 hits and five walks in 37.1 innings. He’s been stellar three years in a row and probably deserved the nod over Bell.

Jordan Zimmerman over Tyler Clippard, P for Nationals

Mike Morse could have been the Nats rep and may still earn the fan vote. Danny Espinosa could easily be the backup second baseman over Brandon Phillips. But the guy who really should be there is Jordan Zimmerman. Zimmerman has thrown 102.2 innings of 2.63 ERA ball. Ignore the 5-7 record and look at what he’s done and you realize he should be there.

Craig Kimbrel over Brian Wilson, RP

Giants manager Bruce Bochy was a major homer, putting four of his pitchers on the staff. That was a stretch. I would have rather seen Kimbrel, John Axford, Francisco Cordero, or Carlos Marmol over Wilson. Kimbrel has thrown more innings than any of these guys, and his stuff is filthy. He has 67 strikeouts in 42 innings — far more than any other closer. He deserved the nod.

Ed Note: Wilson was a players’ pick, the other three Giants pitchers were Bochy’s picks.

Kyle Lohse over Ryan Vogelsong, SP

Vogelsong has been great for the Giants this year and his choice is understandable, especially considering that Bochy was doing the picking. However, Kyle Lohse has thrown 30 more innings than him. That’s a big deal. Lohse has made 17 pretty excellent starts for St. Louis and has been their best starter. Vogelsong has been great for San Francisco, but the difference in innings pitched is wide. Put it this way, if Vogelsong had thrown 30 more innings, I guarantee he’d have worse numbers than he has now.

Here are several other players who deserved consideration:

Phillies – Antonio Bastardo, LHP
Braves – Tommy Hanson, RHP (lack of innings hurts his case)
Nationals – Mike Morse, 1B; Danny Espinosa, 2B; Drew Storen, RP
Marlins – Mike Stanton, OF; Logan Morrison, OF; Anibal Sanchez, SP

Brewers – John Axford, RP
Pirates – Jeff Karstens, SP
Cubs – Carlos Marmol, RP
Astros – Wandy Rodriguez, SP

Diamondbacks – Miguel Montero, C; Ian Kennedy, SP; Daniel Hudson, SP
Rockies – Seth Smith, OF; Carlos Gonzalez, OF; Todd Helton, 1B; Jhoulys Chacin, SP
Padres – Tim Stauffer, SP; Chase Headley, 3B
Dodgers – Andre Ethier, OF; Hiroki Kuroda, SP

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  • Brett Hanthorn

    Your “guarantee” about Vogelsong’s numbers being worse than Lohse’s if he were to throw as many innings as Lohse is an ignorant comment on your part.  I understand you argument, but a guarantee…really??

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    You’re right, that is strong language, but that’s what I believe. I guarantee his numbers won’t be as good as they are now. I stand by what I said about them not matching Lohse’s. I’m glad you wrote a reasonable comment too rather than other people who would have resorted to name calling. Thank you

  • Naveed Chowdhury

    It should be noted that Wilson was voted by the players, not chosen by Bochy.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Good point, just added that note to the blurb. Thanks

  • Anonymous

    As a huge Giants fan, I think Vogelsong is the last guy you can go after. Besides Jurrejns of course, he has been the best pitcher in the NL. Watching the team, neither Cain nor Lincecum have pitched close to as good. He had a six start streak of one earned run or less, and a nine start streak of two earned runs or less. His only loss was an 8 inning, one earned run outing. Why penalize Vogelsong because the Giants didn’t give him a chance until part way into the season? Clayton Kershaw has a 3.23 ERA, you could go after him (given Ethier making it). Having actually seen all of Vogelsong’s starts, I can not only guarantee you his numbers will stay fantastic (and better than Lohse’s), but this kid might just make a run at bringing the Cy Young back to SF. 

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Make a run at the Cy Young? hahaha OK, we’ll see how that one goes

  • Anonymous

    haha, way to back down and not respond to any of my logical points, you could have just respectfully conceded the debate as opposed to childishly picking out one over the top finishing statement for emphasis of my point   

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Anyone who thinks Ryan Vogelsong is going to win a Cy Young does not understand logic and isn’t worth a response. That ends this thread.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who won’t just admit they may have been wrong and singles out one particular over the top sentence (as I’ve already stated) is clearly just an overly defensive thick-headed asshole. That ends me ever reading your site again.   

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Thanks. Enjoy Vogelsong the rest of the year. Call me when he wins the Cy Young Award

  • Anonymous

    Do you not know how to read or are you just really really stupid? Look at what I wrote several times.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Hey! You said you weren’t going to read the site again, what happened?

  • Anonymous

    Wow, you got me, good catch. Also, another fantastic attempt to change the subject from your own stupidity and lack of sports debating skills. Brava.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Still waiting for you to leave the site like you said …

  • Anonymous

    Still waiting for you to just admit you’re wrong.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I have blocked you from ever commenting on the site again. I will unblock you after Vogelsong wins the Cy.