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McCutchen leads All-Snub team

Posted on: July 3, 2011 4:15 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2011 4:41 pm
Andrew McCutchen

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Many years on the day that the All-Star teams are announced, people bemoan the fan voting and selections that pick big names over deserving starters. This year won't be one of those years because for the most part the fans made good picks, as senior writer Danny Knobler points out the fans and players agreed on 14 of the 17 selections. The lone starter that is obviously not worthy is Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who is expected to come off the disabled list on Monday. Jeter's hitting just .260/.324/.324 so far this season, but he's still Derek Jeter -- not to mention his chase of 3,000 hits.

But no matter how many deserving players make the game, with a roster of 33 (plus another to be added, but even those on the 34th man ballot are eligible for our team, because four of those five won't be voted in) there are deserving players who won't be making the trip to Phoenix.

So here you go, the All-Snub team:

C: Speaking of the fans getting it right, this is one position where the deserving player was voted in for both leagues, Detroit's Alex Avila and Atlanta's Brian McCann. With the Yankees' Russell Martin, Baltimore's Matt Wieters and St. Louis' Yadier Molina, the five most deserving players at the position are headed to Phoenix. The best of those left out is already in Phoenix -- the Diamondbacks' Miguel Montero, who is hitting .270/.344/.457 with nine homers. 

Paul Konerko1B: This position is so loaded that it's almost as tough picking its All-Snub member as it is the All-Star representatives. The fans got it right with Adrian Gonzalez and Prince Fielder, while Albert Pujols sits at home during the break for the first time since 2002. Both Mark Teixeira and Paul Konerko have strong cases for the All-Snub pick, and in the end I'm going to go with Konerko, who is hitting .317/.387/.567 with 21 homers by a nose over Teixeira and his 25 homers.

2B: Robinson Cano's 2011 hasn't equaled his 2010 and wouldn't be my pick at second base in the American League, but it's hard to get worked up and say the fans got it wrong on a guy hitting .292 with 14 homers at second base. The All-Snub representative is tough here, with the choice between the Rays' Ben Zobrist (.261/.347/.463) and Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox (.277/.391/.406). Because I like speed, I'll take Pedroia and his 15 steals and higher walk rate, but just by a tad. Zobrist is on the 34th man ballot, so he's still got a chance. Apologies also to the Nationals' Danny Espinosa who has 15 homers already.

SS: We've discussed Jeter, but let's just acknowledge the fans noticing Jose Reyes -- even though it'd be tough to call yourself a fan and not notice what Reyes has done. The All-Snub goes to Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers, who is having a fabulous season, hitting .311/.359/.538 with 14 homers and solid defense to go with it.

3B: Arizona's Ryan Roberts wasn't even on the ballot, but he's had a fantastic first half of the season, hitting .251/.338/.430 with 10 homers and 12 stolen bases. He's a terror on the basepaths and has been one of the best all-around players at the position. Kevin Youkilis has better offensive numbers -- including 56 RBI -- but defensively he's played much like a first baseman playing at third. San Diego's Chase Headley has had a good season as well, but his glove also holds him back.

Alex GordonLF: You could certainly have made a case for Kansas City's Alex Gordon as a starter in the American League. Gordon came into the season as yesterday's news, a failed top prospect in the way of the Royals' youth movement. However, he's been the Royals' best player so far this season, hitting .301/.368/.491 with 10 home runs.

CF: I still can't believe Andrew McCutchen's name wasn't on the All-Star list, he's the best all-around center fielder in the game. He's hitting .289/.390/.493 with 12 home runs and 15 stolen bases while leading the surprising Pirates to their first winning record in years. 

RF: I'm fudging here, because the All-Star Game often has outfielders playing out of their normal spots, and here I'm going with the Phillies' Shane Victorino. The Phillies lineup as a whole has struggled for production and consistency, but Victorino has given them both. He's hitting .299/.371/.515 with nine home runs and 34 RBI. He's also a very good defender.

DH: You want some roster flexibility? You get it with this DH, who can also serve as a backup catcher -- oh, and Victor Martinez can bash. Martinez is hitting .335/.383/.490 with six home runs.

Starting pitcher: This one is interesting, because I'm going to exclude CC Sabathia, who not only didn't want to be selected, but will also ineligible to pitch in the game when he starts next Sunday. With Sabathia out of the way, I'm going with the Braves' Tommy Hanson, who is 9-4 with a 2.62 ERA in 15 starts, with more than a strikeout an inning and a league-low 6.2 hits allowed per nine innings.

Middle reliever: These guys are used to being overlooked, but that's not to say they aren't worthy. Since Braves' setup man Jonny Venters was named an All-Star, I'm going with David Robertson of the Yankees. Only in middle relief can a Yankee go unnoticed, but Robertson has been fantastic this season. In 33 1/3 innings this season, the right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA, striking out 53 batters in 33 1/3 innings of work. He's allowed just four earned runs this season in 36 outings.

Closer: While Atlanta's Venters was recognized, his closer, Craig Kimbrel, was not. Kimbrel leads the majors with 24 saves and has a 2.57 ERA. He's struck out 67 batters in 42 innings, with 18 walks.

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Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 4:30 pm

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

Why not wait until after the team is finallized before you write an article about All-Star snubs.  Most of these players that you mentioned will in fact be going to the game as all-stars.

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 3:56 pm

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

yeah but i bet you've never watched on game that mccutchen has played. he is the better cf. hands down. i dont even have to get into it. because if you watch him play you'd see why people say that. gonzo is really good but he's soft.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2011 2:41 pm

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

You really think McCutcheon is an "all around" better player than Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies?  A better centerfielder?  Hmmm... smells like typical East Coast bias, which is rampant amongst CBSSports writers in particular.

Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2011 2:24 pm

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

Pshahahahahahahahahaha that's a good one bro!  That's happened once in three years son.  A slacker? Hahahahahahahahahahaha

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 1:50 pm

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

McCutchen is the best all around center fielder in the league? I think Matt Kemp might have something to say about that since he has much better stats then McCutchen in every catagorie that you talked about. Here's a clue for you why he didn't make the team, he is a slacker doesn't give all out effort on every play and gets to hear that from his manager quite often. Punks and slackers can't complain when they don't make all star teams.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2011 1:28 pm

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

Andre Ethier is 4th in the NL in batting avg. He has played all year so plenty of at bats to justify his avg is legit. How is the 4th best not in the game? When that is not good enough then why people make thew team makes no sense.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 12:53 pm

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

He didnt say he would take Pedroia over Cano, he said he would take Pedroia over Zobrist, by a tad
Yes he did by saying Cano would not be his pick, and then making Pedroia his all snub.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 12:16 pm

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

Not a fan of any Pittsburgh team but I will stick up for McCutchen, he got hosed. As a fan of the game I find myself turning to Pirates games to try to catch an at bat of his most nights. He is one of the most entertaining players in the game.  Pittsburgh finally has a player that has fans of other teams tuning in to appreciate his play. When he comes up for free agency they better not let him go or I will be upset at the Pirates and the game of baseball. They should be trying to lock him up long term right now. If he leaves they should just fold up the franchise. They don't draw that good now because they show no interest in keeping players and trying to compete now, if they let him walk no one should ever support them again.

Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 11:56 am

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

Unfortunately, as deserving as McCuthen is for All Star selection, and he is the Pirates best play since Barry Bonds, the real snub is the Pirates.  The league has been so used to 'having' to pick a Pirate, under Major League rules, for the All-Star team, they are overlooking a number of other talented players who deserve consideration but will not get any.  Kevin Correia is tied for the league lead in wins (no one even mentions him as a possible All-Star).  Neil Walker with 54 RBIs is one of the best run producers at his position at second base and over the last 12 months has been one of the top 10 RBI players in baseball - not to mention his solid glove. 

I am not saying they do or don't deserve consideration, but there should be a conversation about it around baseball and ESPN, but Pittsburgh is not New York or Boston were every starter gets consideration.  Maybe due consideration will be given next year should the Pirates continue to keep themselves relevant. 

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2011 11:30 am

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

McCutchen's snub is to be expected in a sport where only money counts.  The real surprise is that Milwaukee got four players named...did that city have some sort of steroid population jump?

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