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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: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 1:39 am

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

Agreed, but what about the other Pirate Snubs?  Correia with 10 wins?????  And what about Neil Walker leading ALL MLB 2nd Baseman with 50+ RBI's!!!!!!  A real disgrace but let's hope that fuels the BUCS to a playof run!!!  LETS GO BUCS!!!!!

Since: Jul 4, 2011
Posted on: July 4, 2011 1:17 am

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

My question is how can you not mention Aramis Ramirez as a snub.  His numbers are way better than Placido and Chipper's, so why not give Aram some love,  

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2011 12:34 am

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

billbicec,  your post was so retarded that I can't believe you can read and write. C.C. and Tex aren't playing in the game because they declined to go?  What facts do you have to support this nonsense?  I'd assume both players would love to join the Hall Of Fame eventually, and all-star appearances play a big role when the HOF voters cast their ballots.  Not to mention the monumental contract incentives they have to get from the Yankees for making the game.  

Relating the MLB all-star game to a corporate meeting is the most ignorant statement I've read in awhile.  All-star festivities are for the FANS, not the players.  Hence the fans electing the majority of players that take part in the weekend activities, and ALL of the starters.  Players should consider it an honor to play in this game.  Choosing not to play because you want a vacation is a slap in the face of every fan that voted for you.      

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 12:29 am

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

God I feel so bad for McCutchen!!! Not only was he deserving to be in the game, he is one of baseballs good guys!  This is complete disrespect to a great player..I hope it adds more fire under the Pirates asses the 2nd half of the season!

Go Bucco's

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: July 3, 2011 11:16 pm

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

When it comes down to it, small markets ALWAYS lose to large markets.  That's why I will ALWAYS hate New York and Boston. 

Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: July 3, 2011 10:45 pm

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

This is why this all star game is a joke-McCutchen should be in!

Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: July 3, 2011 10:41 pm

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

2008 was the last time a Pirate got onto the field.

Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: July 3, 2011 10:38 pm

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

It's incomprehensible that not only was McCutchen left off the All-Star team to begin with, but also wasn't even considered for the MLB Final Ballot.  I need someone to explain this one to me because it makes NO sense whatsoever.  The Pirates keep getting disrespected.  Over the past 15+ years, they haven't deserved much respect, honestly.  But, that's not the case this year.  In addiition, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Hanrahan doesn't even get into the game at all.  I can't remember the last time a Pirate got into the game.  There were 2 Pirates in 2009 and both were ignored by Manuel.  He also ignored Meek last year.  I think it's been since Jason Bay started in '05 that someone actually stepped foot onto an All-Star game field during the game.  And now, they leave one of the brightest young players in the game off the roster and don't even give him a chance to get voted onto the team.  Shame on MLB.  It's another example of big markets having full control of MLB.  They should be completely ashamed of themselves.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2011 6:09 pm

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

The only snub was McCutchen, CC and Tex didn't want to go. When I was a kid I used to wonder why Buddy Bell declined the all star game one year. As a working adult I would rather have three days off then go to some "corporate party".

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: July 3, 2011 6:04 pm

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

ummm.... asdrubal cabrera made the team

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