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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 CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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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Comments

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 10:36 am
 

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

I definitely agree with Correia. He now has 11 wins. I have been a Pirates fan for 40 years and have been so disappointed over the past 18 years. I am excited. At a family picnic, we listened to the game yesterday on the radio. People were cheering and listening to every at bat. Very cool. Although I agree that Walker should have been considered, McCutchen and Correia are no brainers. LET"S GO BUCCOS, LET'S GO BUCS!!!



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: July 4, 2011 10:36 am
 

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

Ryan Howard got robbed-67 rbi's(3d most in MLB); 21 go-ahead rbi's(tied for most in MLB); and 12 game-winning rbi's(tied for most in MLB)
Shane Victorino300 avg, on pace for 20 HR,20 Triples ,20SB, Gold Glove center field
Chipper and Jeeter as a legacy,  no Jimmy Rollins , Chase Uttley and Phils have best record in BB
Gaby Sanches 1st base,,,Phisl have bet record in BB and get one position player
Timmy Ji and Vogelsong ,No CC no Hanson
Can go on but whats the sense, Yanks  and Redsox are covered and in the end thats the way the powerers that be want it, TV rating rule all



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 10:25 am
 

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.



Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2011 9:18 am
 

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

I stopped taking him seriously the minute he said he would have taken Pedroia over Cano. Cano's numbers are .294/14/54/6 and Pedroia's are .278/7/38/16. Really? That's now even close. Better in 3 out of 4 and if Cano were hitting .006 better there wouldn't even be mention of him not performing up to snub.  



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2011 9:16 am
 

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

J.J. Hardy!



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 8:55 am
 

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

I agree on McCutcheon.  He should go over Beltran, Pence, Bruce & Upton.  No doubt!  As good a hitter as all 4, if not better!  & none of those guys can play CF!



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 4, 2011 7:43 am
 

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

Out of all of the players who got snubbed,I would have to say that McCutchen of the Pirates got the "no vaseline" treatment real good. I can't remember in recent years that the Pirates were playing .500 or above baseball at this point in the season. Any other year we wouldn't be even talking about the Pirates except for them being a sorry baseball team. If he would have made the team,this would have been my explanation as to why he should have made the team as well as him putting up some pretty solid numbers for the Pirates.



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 7:13 am
 

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

The Mariners are 1 spot away from dead last in their division ! You do realize that don't you !



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2011 2:28 am
 

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

All start snubs would go to the entire Mariners starting rotation which is the only rotation in the league ot make it through june with the same 5 starters, oh and the only rotation in baseball that has every starter with a 3.5 era or lower... I'm excluding wins because they don't score runs, but this staff keep a horrible hitting team in every game, and gives them a chance to win every game...



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2011 2:27 am
 

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

All start snubs wuld go to the entire Mariners starting rotation which is the only rotation in the league ot make it through june with the same 5 starters, oh and the only rotation in baseball that has every starter with a 3.5 era or lower... I'm excluding wins because they don't score runs, but this staff keep a horrible hitting team in every game, and gives them a chance to win every game...


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